Local man pleads guilty to armed carjacking, kidnapping and robbery

Published 7:13 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Vicksburg man will serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in Warren County Circuit Court to armed carjacking, kidnapping and armed robbery in the April 2016 kidnapping and robbery of another man.

Circuit Judge M. James Chaney sentenced Billy Westbrook, 28, 1848 Mississippi 3, Redwood, to 30 years on the armed robbery charge with 20 years to serve, and sentenced him to 20 years each on the carjacking and kidnapping charges. The sentences will be served concurrently, meaning they will be served at the same time.

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Westbrook was also placed on five years’ post-release supervision and ordered to pay $384.50 in court costs and fees.

According to police reports, Westbrook and a woman were in the 4000 block of Halls Ferry Road, and asked the man for a ride and help with their broken down vehicle.

The victim agreed to help, and all three got in the victim’s vehicle.

Once all three were in the vehicle, Westbrook pulled a gun and had the man drive to an isolated area where he was forced to the backseat of the car at gunpoint and robbed of cash and all of the other possessions in his wallet. The pair made least two stops at ATMs in Vicksburg to withdraw money from the man’s account before heading south.

The man later escaped from the car in parking lot of Walmart in Hattiesburg and ran into the closet of the store’s vision center and locked the door. The man was not injured, police said.

Once the man escaped and talked to authorities, his car was placed on the National Crime Information Computer as a stolen vehicle. Westbrook and the woman were stopped an hour later by authorities in George County and taken into custody.

In another case, Chaney revoked the probation of Ashton Lyons, 27, no address listed, after he failed to report to his probation officer and failed to pay supervision fees and court-ordered fines, fees and costs.

Lyons received suspended three-year prison sentence and placed on 24 months’ supervised probation and ordered to finish paying all fines, fees and court costs.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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