Lamar County Jury convicts Baxterville man of sexual battery

This is a news release from the District Attorney

Fifteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announces that on

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, after a two day trial, a Lamar County jury convicted Marshall

Graves, 48, of Baxterville, Mississippi on two counts of fondling and one count of Sexual

Battery of a ten (10) year old female child. Graves is set to be sentenced by Judge Prentiss

Harrell in the upcoming Pearl River County Term. Graves is exposed to maximum life sentence

on the Sexual Battery charge and a maximum fifteen (15) year sentenced as to each Fondling

charge. Graves has been charged as a Habitual Offender and if determined to be a Habitual

Offender by the Court, by law Graves should be sentenced to the maximum term of

imprisonment for each charge. This case was investigated by the Hattiesburg Police Department

and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kim Harlin and Assistant District Attorney Lauren


Kittrell says, "We are pleased with the conviction in this case and glad to remove this

predator from our community. This case shows that when a child comes forward and tells of

sexual abuse it will not be taken lightly. Children are often scared to report these crimes because

they are scared they will not be believed. This guilty verdict proves this child was heard. We

would like to commend the bravery of this child for making the report and testifying at trial.

This case serves as another example of our continued commitment to the prosecution of sex

offenders in our area."