Man convicted of attempted sexual battery on teen

Published 10:19 am Friday, November 24, 2023

A Vicksburg man has been convicted of attempted sexual battery of a victim under the age of 14 after a four-day trial.

Ninth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ricky Smith said the jury returned the verdict against James Earl Cole Thursday. He said Circuit Judge Toni Walker Terrett set sentencing for Dec. 14 at 9 a.m.

“The trial started Monday and the jury deliberated about two hours,” he said. “The victim testified, the victim’s mother testified and we had experts from the Children’s Advocacy Center.” He said the victim was very calm during her testimony.

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“I want to express my appreciation for the jury for their efforts in reaching a verdict,” Smith said. “Brandon Southerland and Liem Walker prosecuted the case.

Cole was indicted by a September 2020 grand jury on a charge of statutory rape of a victim under 14.



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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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