JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the attorney general's office
A resident of Richland has answered in court for his failure to support his child in Rankin County, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Richard T. Shields, 37, of Richland, pleaded guilty to child desertion Monday in Rankin County Circuit Court before Judge William E. Chapman III. Shields admitted he has failed to pay $13,200 he owes in support of his two children. As a result, Judge Chapman sentenced Shields to five years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with six months already served and 4.5 years suspended on supervised probation so that he could pay the $13,200 that he owes.
"This defendant can choose to work to pay what he owes for his two children, or spend time behind bars for being an irresponsible parent," said Attorney General Jim Hood.