01/31/2012

Miss. AG: Pardoned killer located in Wyoming

Joseph Ozment was located in Wyoming with his girlfriend, Jim Hood said at a Wednesday news conference

By Holbrook Mohr
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says investigators have found a convicted killer who was pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour and had not checked in with authorities.

Hood said at a news conference Monday that Joseph Ozment was located in Wyoming with his girlfriend. Hood said tips led investigators to Ozment, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 for the slaying of a man during a store robbery.

Ozment was among 198 people pardoned by Barbour in his final days in office. Hood is seeking to get many pardons thrown out.

Ozment and four other inmates, including three other convicted killers, had worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion. Ozment was served Monday with a court order that requires him to check in every 24 hours with state corrections officials and appear in court Friday.

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