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AG speaks out about early release of Jones County felon

Samuel Myers, 29, is scheduled to be released from prison Friday after serving only 8 years of a 20-year sentence for an assault that left his ex-girlfriend paralyzed. Samuel Myers, 29, is scheduled to be released from prison Friday after serving only 8 years of a 20-year sentence for an assault that left his ex-girlfriend paralyzed.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Mississippi's attorney general is reacting to a Jones County man's controversial early release from prison. That inmate was convicted of shooting and seriously wounding his ex-girlfriend just eight years ago.

Jim Hood says he's as upset as Jones County authorities are about the early release of Samuel Myers, 29.  

But, he says there's nothing that can be done until the Legislature provides more money to keep violent felons in prison.

On Wednesday, the Jones County District Attorney's Office expressed outrage over the early release of Myers, who was convicted in 2004 of an assault on Ishaunna Gully that left her paralyzed.

Myers is scheduled to be released Friday.

Thursday night before a speech to Boys State delegates in Hattiesburg, Hood said crime is likely to increase if violent felons continue to be released from prison early.

"We're going to see another wave of increase of crime unless we put our money where our mouth is and spend the money to keep them incarcerated, instead of the Legislature passing laws to weaken it on the back end and letting them out early," Hood said. 

He said violent offenders, in particular, should have to serve 85-percent of their sentence before being eligible for early release.

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