By JB Clark
TUPELO – A Shannon man pleaded guilty to sexual battery in the Lee County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Merlin Casey, 47, of Shannon, entered a guilty plea to one count of sexual battery and was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Circuit Judge Jim Pounds.
Eight of the 30 years will be suspended, and the remaining 22 years are to be served day-for-day in prison.
Casey was arrested in August and has been in the Lee County Adult Jail since. The charges stem from the sexual assault of a handicapped person ranging from January 2009 until his arrest.
District Attorney Trent Kelly said the plea is the result of a good investigation on the part of the Shannon Police Department.