BAY SPRINGS, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel man found guilty for gratification of lust of a minor has been sentenced to prison.
Billy Bergeron, 51, of Laurel was sentenced to 15 years in prison for an incident that occurred in March 2013, for touching a minor with his hands and a sexual toy in Stringer.
Bergeron was found guilty in February after a jury deliberated for 40 minutes in a Jasper County Courtroom.
The minor involved in the incident was an 8 year-old relative of Bergeron according to 13th Circuit District Attorney Daniel Jones.
"My office vigorously prosecutes individuals who harm children and holds these evil predators responsible for their perverted sexual activities against children," said 13th Circuit District Attorney Daniel Jones.
Jones also added he is extremely happy to see the judge give him (Bergeron) the maximum sentence for the crime.