- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A 57-year-old Pascagoula man pleaded guilty to sexual battery of a nine-year-old, which occurred on Sept. 26, 2012, in Gautier.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1ibUDK0 ) Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Larry Dean Smith on Monday to 40 years, 20 years to serve day for day, the remaining on post release supervision, of which five years are reporting.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said the sentence effectively amounts to a life sentence for Smith.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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