OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – A Starkville man will spend a long time behind bars after pleading guilty to the sexual battery of a child under the age of 14.
According to District Attorney Scott Colom, James Sudduth pleaded guilty Tuesday to the charge and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Sudduth was indicted in June 2017 for the sexual battery of a child under the age of 14 and willfully exposing a child to HIV.
“Thankfully the child did not receive HIV,” stated Colom.
Sexual battery is not eligible for parole pursuant to Mississippi law. Sudduth will have to serve every day of the 25-year sentence.