Paul Wade sentenced in assault case

Published 1:30 am Thursday, November 8, 2018

NATCHEZ — A Natchez bed and breakfast owner was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for shooting at a Natchez police officer and banned from the city for 15 years after his release.

In January, Starling’s Rest Bed and Breakfast owner Paul Richard Wade, 55, reportedly fired a revolver during an altercation with a man he knew and led police officers on a chase in his vehicle.

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He was later found parked in the driveway of Hope Farm antebellum house on Homochitto Street, police said.

Wade reportedly ran into a wooded area near the house and fired the weapon again as an officer pursued him on foot. No one was injured during either shooting incident.

Wade pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated assault on a police officer and was sentenced Monday to eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections with the remaining 15 years to be served under post-release supervision with Sixth District Circuit Judge Forrest Al Johnson presiding.

“Due to the specific nature of the crime and the particular circumstances visited upon the Natchez Police Department and the victim officer, the defendant shall be fully and completely prohibited from being in the City of Natchez, Mississippi, during the entire term of his supervision,” the order states.