Man Previously Convicted of Kidnapping and Armed Robbery Receives Maximum for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., announced today that Parviz Deangelo King, of Yazoo City, was sentenced to the maximum punishment allowed by law for the crime of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon by Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff. King was a habitual offender which means he had two or more prior felony convictions. Due to this, King will be required to serve all prison time day for day without the chance or early release or parole.

On May 20, 2019, a patrol officer working for the Ridgeland Police Department observed a car make an illegal U-turn in the middle of West Jackson Street. After making a traffic stop on the vehicle, the officer confirmed that King, the driver, did not have a driver’s license.

Due to the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the officer asked King, his wife who was in the front passenger seat, and an unrelated fifteen year old boy located in the back seat to step out of the car. This is when the officer saw in plain view a 9mm handgun sticking out of the back pocket of the front passenger seat. Officers also located a “Halloween”- movie type mask and box of 9mm ammunition in a bag by the gun. King admitted to the officer that he had recently been released from prison for armed robbery and was currently on probation.

King claimed ownership of the gun and was sentenced to serve ten years without early release which is the maximum sentence allowed by law. In addition to his 2000 armed robbery conviction, King has also been previously convicted of kidnapping in 2007.

District Attorney John K. Bramlett stated, “In our State, it is illegal for a convicted felon to be in possession of a firearm for obvious reasons. This man had been previously convicted of both armed robbery and kidnapping and was carrying around a gun, bullets, and a mask while he was still on probation for these offenses. He is a dangerous man who refuses to learn his lesson. Thanks to a patrol officer with the Ridgeland Police Department, who went above and beyond during a routine traffic stop, a serious and habitual criminal will spend the next decade in prison.”

Name: Parviz Deangelo King
Date of Birth: 06/01/1979