District Attorney Daniella M. Shorter, announced the conviction of Derek Price for the crime of commercial burglary. Derek Price was sentenced by Judge Tomika H. Irving to five (5) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with three (3) years suspended and two (2) years to serve.
On March 24, 2020, Derek Price broke into a deer camp in Claiborne County. The deer camp was burglarized and several items including firearms, multiple hunting knives, and a sword were taken from the property. The investigation of this matter by the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department developed two suspects that consisted of an unknown white female and a white male that were seen leaving the property. Based on this information, the suspects were detained by deputies from the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department when they stopped at a nearby residence and the suspects asked the owner of this residence to use the bathroom. At this time, the suspects were detained and questioned and the additional evidence obtained through the investigation of this matter indicated that Derek Price committed the crime of commercial burglary. Therefore, Derek Price plead guilty to the charge of commercial burglary and he was sentenced accordingly.
District Attorney Shorter said this sentence was warranted by the facts and is part of her pledge to the community to deal with crimes committed in her district in a straight forward manner.