Court upholds Lafayette County sentence

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Lafayette County man serving 19 years in prison on a robbery charge.

Albert Joiner Jr. of Oxford pleaded guilty in 2007 to the robbery of a man outside a bar.

Authorities say Joiner and another man attacked the victim and stole nearly $3,000. A judge sentenced Joiner to 19 years in prison without parole as a repeat offender.

Joiner claimed the state failed to produce evidence of his prior convictions to support the repeat offender designation. He also claims the state did not notify him he was indicted under the repeat offender law.

The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-2 decision this past week that Joiner’s guilty plea negated the indictment’s failure to include habitual offender status.