Jury reaches verdict in Ricky Portis trial

Jury reaches verdict in Ricky Portis trial

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The third day of a sexual battery case in Jones County was handed over to the jury Wednesday afternoon.

After an hour of deliberation, the jury found Ricky Portis guilty on two counts of sexual battery.

Portis received two life sentences to serve consecutively.

Portis was charged with two counts of sexual battery against children, one who was 8-years-old at the time of the attack, and the other who was 9-years-old.

The state told the jury that the two victims both have a specific STD, which was the result of the sexual assault by Portis, a disease he also has.

Portis will immediately begin his sentence.