He shot a man in face at bar, now at 70, he’ll spend next 30 years in prison

Published 5:43 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Clarence Matthews of Natchez will spend 30 years in prison after entering an open plea of guilty Tuesday to one count each of aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm following a January 2016 shooting, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said.

Matthews, 70, shot Alonzo Hoye in the face at a Natchez bar on Jan. 15, 2016. Adams County Circuit Court Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders sentenced Matthews to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for aggravated assault and 10 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 30 years to serve.

“Thank you to Judge Sanders for getting this dangerous man out of the community,” Hood said. “I appreciate the work done on this case by our office and the Natchez Police Department leading up to his sentencing today.”

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This case was investigated by the Natchez Police Department with assistance from AG Public Integrity Investigator Kenneth West. Prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Dana Sims. The AG’s office received this case upon recusal of the Adams County District Attorney due to conflict of interest.