Former Mize Police Chief pleads guilty to aggravated assault

Former Mize Police Chief pleads guilty to aggravated assault
John Mathis

SMITH COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A former Mize Police Chief has pled guilty to aggravated assault and sentenced to jail.

John Mathis, 50, of Mize, pled guilty to aggravated assault before Judge Eddie Bowen in Smith County Circuit Court.

Mathis, the former Chief of Police for Mize, was arrested after he and others attacked a victim at a home in Smith County. Mathis was charged with aggravated assault in the matter, and the other three suspects were charged with simple assault in the incident that occurred July 1, 2013.

According to court records, Mathis cut a victim with a box cutter, however injures the victim sustained were not life threatening.

Mathis was sentenced to eight years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with eight years suspended with five years supervised probation and three years of unsupervised probation.

He was also ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim's Compensation Fund, and court costs of $451.50.

According to District Attorney Daniel Jones, the victim in the crime agreed to this sentence.

"No one is above the law, not even former law enforcement officers," said 13th District, District Attorney Daniel Jones. "We must all respect the rule of law; otherwise, our society would be in complete chaos."

Jones went on to say that his office "prosecutes criminals without passion, prejudice, improper influence, political standing, financial standing, or regards to race" and it is his duty to "ensure that justice will be served with each and every case [his] office handles."