Columbia City employee convicted of burglary of local business

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A Columbia Street Department employee has been convicted of commercial burglary for the 2012 break-in of a local liquor store.

A Marion County jury convicted Demetrius Averett Friday for the burglary of Northside Package Store in July 2012. Averett worked for the Columbia Street Department and was suspending pending the outcome of the case. He is expected to be sentenced next week with a possibility of 7 years in prison. Following his sentencing the Columbia Board of Alderman will vote on official termination.