Old burglary may land man back in prison

Patrick Wayne Hudson
DTL Staff
Staff Writer

A 28-year-old Clay County man convicted to breaking into two West Point businesses almost nine years ago may be headed back to prison.

Prosecutors have jailed Patrick Wayne Hudson for violating his post-release supervision after being arrested in Chickasaw County on charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He also has failed drug tests and was in possession of drugs at the time of his arrest April 9 by a Chickasaw County Sheriff's deputy.

At the time, he told the deputy his "drug habit had gotten really bad," according to Clay County Circuit Court records.

He and another convicted felon were caught when deputies were called to a fight call at a house on County Road 407 where two men had left in a van and stolen a woman's .22-caliber handgun before leaving. A deputy responding to the call spotted the van Hudson was driving and stopped him, arresting him and his passenger and recovering the handgun, along with drugs.

On Oct. 4, 2019, Hudson pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny in connection with the July 16, 2009 burglary of the 45 Package Store and the July 22, 2009 burglary of the Fish Shack. He was sentenced to 10 years with eight years suspended. He also was ordered to serve five years post-release supervision when he was released and to pay more than $14,000 in restitution.

He's paid none of the restitution, according to court records, tested positive for marijuana last August and for methamphetamine on March 8.

A hearing is set for July 20 to determine whether his post-release supervision should be revoked. He could be ordered to serve as much as eight years.