Greedy ‘Grinches’ stole Christmas gifts from under tree, now they’re headed to prison

Published 6:14 am Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Three Mississippi men will spend time in prison for burglarizing a Greenville home in 2017 and stealing gifts from under a man’s Christmas tree, Attorney General Jim Hood announced.

Billy Ray Walker, 37, Antonio Jones, 27, and Sakool Wilson, 27, were each sentenced Tuesday on one charge each of house burglary by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Ashley Hines.

Walker, who has two prior felony convictions for house burglary, was sentenced as a habitual offender to 23 years with five years suspended, 18 years to serve, and five years post release supervision. He was also sentenced to five years for conspiracy that will run concurrently with the house burglary conviction.

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Jones also had two prior felony convictions for house burglary and was sentenced to 20 years to serve as a habitual offender. Wilson was sentenced to 10 years to serve.

“Burglars are greedy criminals, but stealing from an innocent person during the holidays is even worse,” Hood said. “Thanks to Judge Hines for the strong sentencings. I hope that closing this case brings the victim holiday cheer that was previously stolen from him and his family.”

Each defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to both the insurance company and the victim. Split evenly among the defendants, restitution to the insurance company totals $23,581.76 and $12,649.51 to the victim. Each defendant was also ordered to pay $500 to Victims’ Compensation Fund as well as court costs.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander. The investigation was conducted by the Greenville Police Department with assistance from AG investigator Perry Tate. The AG’s office received this case because of a conflict of interest with the Washington County District Attorney’s office.