Local man loses effort to have habitual conviction overturned

Shamor Billups | Photo: MDOC

A Columbus man has lost an effort to have his conviction as a habitual offender overturned on appeal.

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 4:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A Columbus man has lost an effort to have his conviction as a habitual offender overturned on appeal.

Shamor Billups, 27, was arrested on March 17, 2015, during an investigation into stolen firearms from a pawn shop.

Investigators say Billups and another man entered the business and asked to see two firearms.

The man was accused of grabbing the weapons and running toward the exit.

One man was grabbed by store employees before he was able to get away.

Billups was found a short time later coming out of a shed at his mother's home.

He was arrested after police found a rifle, valued at $1,700, inside the shed.

During a 2016 trial, a jury found him guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and prosecutors moved to sentence him as a habitual offender.

Billups was sentenced to 10 years in prison but appealed claiming the habitual status is double jeopardy and evidence never showed he was actually in possession of the firearm.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and sentence Tuesday.

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