Mississippi Attorney General's Office

05/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/21/2019 15:30

Natchez Man Gets 30 Years for 2016 Shooting

May 21, 2019

Clarence Matthews, of Natchez, will spend 30 years in prison after entering an open plea of guilty Tuesday to one count each of aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm following a January 2016 shooting.

Clarence Matthews, of Natchez, will spend 30 years in prison after entering an open plea of guilty Tuesday to one count each of aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm following a January 2016 shooting, Attorney General Jim Hood announced.

Matthews, 70, shot Alonzo Hoye in the face at a Natchez bar on January 15, 2016. Adams County Circuit Court Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders sentenced Matthews to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for aggravated assault and 10 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 30 years to serve.

'Thank you to Judge Sanders for getting this dangerous man out of the community,' General Hood said. 'I appreciate the work done on this case by our office and the Natchez Police Department leading up to his sentencing today.'

This case was investigated by the Natchez Police Department with assistance from AG Public Integrity Investigator Kenneth West. Prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Dana Sims. The AG's office received this case upon recusal of the Adams County District Attorney due to conflict of interest.