UPDATE: Tupelo father going to jail for failure to support his child

By Miss. Attorney General Press Release

JACKSON – A former professional athlete is going to jail after failing to pay his chilld support, said Attorney General Jim Hood.

Roosevelt D. Linston, 40, of 1823 Holmes Street, Tupelo, had his probation revoked today for leaving the state of Mississippi and not paying his Court ordered child support.

Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Judge James T. Kitchens, Jr. ordered Linston to pay $600 today and placed him into the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections until the arrearage amount of $16,500.00 is paid in full. Linston will spend six months in prison and then be moved to the Greenwood Restitution Center.

He was originally sentenced to five years, suspended, in May, 2009, for Felony Non-Support of a Child before Judge Kitchens.

“The Judge was trying to give this defendant a chance to do the right thing, pay what he owed and avoid jail time,” said Attorney General Hood. “This deadbeat dad did not take care of his responsibility, so he is going to jail.”

Linston is a former European League Basketball player.

Child Desertion Unit Director, Special Assistant Attorney General Deshun T. Martin, handled this case for the Attorney General’s Office.