JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Lowndes County man has lost an attempt to have his guilty plea to burglary charges and sentence as a habitual offender thrown out on appeal.
Willie Ross, 31, is serving 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole for burglary of a dwelling.
Ross was indicted in 2002 on two counts of burglary of a dwelling and one court of receiving stolen property.
In his appeal, he claims he agreed with prosecutors to plead guilty to one count and to a 20 year sentence.
He says before entering the plea in court, prosecutors asked the judge to amend the indictment to include habitual offender status.
In their ruling, the Mississippi Court of Appeals says Ross was made aware of the change prior entering the plea before a judge and met with his attorney to discuss the change before entering the guilty plea.