The Mississippi Court of Appeals denied a Monroe County man’s petition for post-conviction relief Tuesday.
James Beeks, 43, of Monroe County, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after entering a guilty plea for armed robbery in 1999.
Beeks filed for post-conviction relief in 2011 in the Monroe County Circuit Court, claiming his guilty plea was involuntary and that he may have been the victim of ineffective assistance of counsel. The motion was dismissed in 2011, and Beeks filed for a motion to reconsider under Rule 60(b), a rule allowing the appeal of final judgment.
The motion for reconsideration was denied, and the Mississippi Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the denial of Beeks’ Rule 60(b) motion.