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Winn Parish D-A announces conviction in the Jessie Mills case

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WINNFIELD, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Jessie Mills, according to the D-A's office, has pleaded guilty to armed robbery and rape stemming from a home-invasion attack on a Winn Parish woman back in 1985.

At the time, a Winn Parish jury convicted Mills, but the conviction was set aside and a retrial was ordered by a Federal judge, citing what was termed improper pre-trial contact between then D-A Charles Bice and prospective jurors.

By the time Nevils' office received the retrial order, he said he had discovered that his predecessor in office, D-A Terry Reeves, had unintentionally ordered the destruction of all of the evidence introduced at the previous trial.

Subsequently, Nevils enlisted the help of Hugo Holland, a 25-year career prosecutor whose specialty for years had been sex-crimes prosecutions. During preparations for trial, Nevils and Holland negotiated the plea agreed to this week, resulting in Mills receiving a 40-year sentence for the rape, and another 60 years for armed robbery. This means he won't be eligible for parole until 2030 and, according to Nevils, will likely never be released from prison.

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