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Man loses appeal in Lowndes County case

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 7/15/2014 2:21 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- A man serving 20 years in prison on grand larceny charges from a Lowndes County case has lost an attempt to have his sentences thrown out.

Vance Drummer, 52, was arrested in 2009 after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase from Mathiston to the Carroll-Leflore County line.

Authorities say Drummer was driving a van that had been stolen from a Columbus business and was pulling a trailer with a stolen lawnmower.

He later pleaded guilty to charges of fleeing an officer in Webster County, but was indicted on grand larceny charges in Lowndes County.

Prosecutors asked for a habitual offender status on the indictments because of the fleeing plea and a prior arrest for theft of a motor vehicle in Desoto County.

The court agreed and Drummer was convicted of two counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny and was ordered to serve 20 years in prison.

He appealed claiming evidence didn't support the conviction, the judge erred in sentencing him as a habitual offender and evidence of his flight from authorities should not have been presented in the jury instructions.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld his conviction Tuesday.
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