|MDOC reviewing inmate's release eligibility|
Mississippi Department of Corrections officials say it will be another year before Mark Mouchett, who was convicted of manslaughter in Pascagoula and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, will be considered for an early release program.
Tara Booth, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said Wednesday in an email that Mouchett became eligible for the Earned Release Supervision program in October.
However, Booth says in a later statement that Mouchett will not be considered for release for another year.
"The offender is not being released next week," Booth said. "He is eligible for Earned Release Supervision (ERS), and the case is being reviewed per MDOC policy."
Mouchett was convicted in Jackson County of heat of passion manslaughter in 2006. Mouchett shot Robert Modica in the forehead during a road rage incident in the parking lot of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pascagoula in 2004.
The anticipated release of Mouchett drew criticism from Robert Modica's family.
"This is amazing news," Christine Modica, the victim's older sister, told the Mississippi Press after being told of the status change. "My mom and dad felt so defeated because they felt the judicial system had really let us down, but we really don't have words to say. For my parent's sake, this is just awesome."
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