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Man prosecuted as a habitual offender ordered to serve 18 years for Gulfport home burglary


GULFPORT, Mississippi — A 35-year-old man prosecuted as a habitual offender has been ordered to serve 18 years for burglarizing a Gulfport home while the residents slept.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) Charles Victor Smith Jr., of Gulfport, was set for trial Tuesday but decided to plead guilty instead to a charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling.

Judge Roger Clark sentenced him Monday.

Gulfport police had arrested Smith while investigating a report of a burglary Oct. 30, 2012. The residents reported they woke up and were missing an iPad, cash and a wallet with credit cards.

Smith was convicted of sexual battery on Nov. 9, 1998, and was convicted on three burglaries from 1996 through 1998.

Felons sentenced as a habitual offender are not eligible for early release from prison.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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