July 9, 2024

Inmate Convicted of Sexual Battery of CMCF Employee Will Serve Thirty Years

Morgan Howard

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced that Ernest Mayfield, an inmate at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF), was sentenced to the maximum allowed, 30 years, day for day, for sexual battery by Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff. 

Mayfield, a habitual offender with two prior convictions of Methamphetamine possession, was given the maximum sentence possible by Judge Ratcliff.

On September 17, 2021, Mayfield, who had only recently been booked into the CMCF a few days prior, broke into a female employee’s office at the correctional facility and sexually assaulted her. 

The case went to trial on April 30, 2024. During the two-day trial, the State called the victim, multiple forensic experts, and other witnesses to the stand before the jury returned a guilty verdict.

District Attorney Bramlett stated, “I appreciate all the hard work from both my office and multiple law enforcement agencies to secure a guilty verdict in this matter.  We are glad to put this lifelong habitual criminal in prison for the next thirty years.”

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