Supreme Court delays rape sentencing for Purvis man


Sentencing for a 41-year-old Purvis man who was convicted of statutory rape and two counts of child molestation will be sentenced Tuesday, May 29, in Poplarville after his attorney received a continuance from the state Supreme Court on Thursday.

Phillip Don Lawson was scheduled to be sentenced Friday at the Lamar County Circuit Courthouse by 15th District Judge Anthony Mozingo. However, Lawson’s defense attorney, Kevin D. Camp, had requested a continuance Wednesday with an email from his secretary, Mozingo said.

“He requested a continuance based on his service in the Army National Guard, which is scheduled this weekend,” he said Friday morning. “At no time was anything brought up about the National Guard after his client was convicted (on May 3). On Wednesday, his secretary emailed a continuance. Although I support our National Guard and military personnel, I felt the request was inappropriate.”

Mozingo said Camp then went to the Supreme Court requesting the stay. Chief Justice William Waller Jr., Presiding Justice James W. Kitchens and Associated Justice David M. Ishee heard the request and ruled in Camp’s favor. Waller signed the order, which was filed at 4 p.m. Thursday.