State Court of Appeals upholds conviction of Lowndes County man

John Knight | Mississippi Department of Corrections

John Knight, 46, was convicted of the case involving a child under the age of 12.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 4:01 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2019 4:01 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A Lowndes County man has lost an attempt to have his life sentence for sexual battery thrown out on appeal.

John Knight, 46, was convicted of the case involving a child under the age of 12.

Knight was arrested in 2007 but didn't go to trial until 2015.

He acted as his own attorney during the trial although the court did have an attorney sitting with him.

Knight was sentenced as a habitual offender following his conviction meaning he is not eligible for parole.

On appeal, his attorney challenged whether the judge was wrong to let Knight act as his own attorney.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals reviewed the case and upheld the conviction Tuesday.

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