Man pleads guilty to robbery, burglary charges

Published 11:27 pm Wednesday, January 24, 2018


NATCHEZ — An Adams County man entered into a plea bargain Wednesday on four separate burglary and robbery charges stemming from incidents that occurred since last year.

Jeffery Wayne Clark pleaded guilty in the Sixth District Circuit Court in Adams County to the armed robbery of a gas station and burglary of a package store that occurred in 2017 as well as the burglary of a grocery store and grand larceny of a local furniture store from earlier this month, Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.

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“He officially belongs to (the Mississippi Department of Corrections) as of today,” Armstrong said.

The charges were split between both the City of Natchez and Adams County.

Armstrong said Clark received 15 years for the armed robbery of a Shell gas station located off U.S. 61 South and seven years for the burglary of Davidson’s Package Store, both of which occurred in early 2017. Clark received an additional seven years for the burglary of Southside Market and 20 years for the grand larceny of a Natchez Furniture Company box truck, which he reportedly used as the getaway vehicle for the grocery store burglary.

Clark reportedly turned himself in to police on Jan. 16 for the last two crimes, which occurred earlier this month.

Armstrong said MDOC officers would pick Clark up from the Adams County Jail in the near future.

Clark had reportedly used a serious medical condition to get himself out of jail in previous instances, as penal institutions sought to avoid paying Clark’s medical expenses.

The exact nature of Clark’s condition remains unclear.

“He won’t be on our dime anymore,” Armstrong said. “The jails of Natchez- (Adams County) no longer have to foot the bill for his medical bills while he’s incarcerated.”

Armstrong, however, said he was prepared in this instance to keep Clark in jail.

“He had become a menace to society,” Armstrong said.

Including the aforementioned crimes, Clark has received dozens of charges between the city and the county since 2001, many of which were for violent crimes.