Monday, January 30, 2012

Joseph Ozment found and a Laramie, WY, hotel room under a fake name

Investigators with the Attorney General's office have found and served Joseph Ozment, the last remaining pardon recipient to be served with process in the Hinds County Circuit Court case involving Pardongate. Ozment was located in a Laramie, Wyoming, hotel room under an assumed name. According to Attorney General Hood, Ozment was driving his girlfriend's Mercedes-Benz when found, and hit an investigator with it as he tried to avoid service.

Ozment was serving a life sentence for killing a convenience store clerk during an armed robbery at the time of his pardon. Ozment had been serving that time at the Governor's Mansion as a trusty, which apparently came with quite a few privileges. (More on that to come in a separate post.)

Anyway, Ozment now has to check in with the Mississippi Department of Corrections every 24 hours. Failure to do so would result in a warrant being issued for his arrest.

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