Local man guilty in Waveland stabbing
By Dwayne Bremer
Jun 11, 2013, 18:43
A Waveland man on Monday pled guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court to robbing and stabbing a popular local shrimp vendor in 2011.
Larry Hurt, 61, pled guilty Monday to charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery.
Circuit Judge Roger Clark accepted Hurt's plea and deferred sentencing until today.
Hurt was taken into custody and transported to the Hancock County Jail.
Hurt testified Monday that he was "pretty drunk" when he attacked Ly Le--who is known by locals as the "Shrimp Lady"-- on Nov. 13, 2011.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Burrell said Le was selling shrimp from the back of her van on Nov. 13, 2011, when she and Hurt got into a verbal altercation.
Burrell said Hurt left the area and returned a short time later with a filet knife.
"He (Hurt) tried to reach in the van and take some money," Burrell said. "Mrs. Le tried to protect her business and investment and Hurt stabbed her in the right shoulder."
Hurt made off with $159, but was apprehended a short time later by Waveland police officers, Burrell said. Le was taken to the hospital and has since made a full recovery.
"He could have easily wounded her permanently," Burrell said. "The incident has caused her a lot of fear. She is always looking over her shoulder now."
Le was present at Monday's hearing and presented a letter to the court.
Hurt said he did not remember much about the incident and claimed he was intoxicated.
"I was pretty drunk at the time," he said.
Clark asked Hurt why he would attack a woman who was much smaller than he was.
"You have a college degree," Clark said. "Why in the world would you put a knife to this woman?"
Hurt said he was remorseful for his actions.
"I did not mean to stab her, but it just happened that way," he said.
Hurt's plea was "open" meaning the prosecution did not have to offer a sentence recommendation.
Clark said he wanted to review statutes regarding day-for-day sentences, as well as a psychological evaluation which was performed on Hurt.
Clark ordered Hurt--who had posted bond on his charges--back into custody and to be returned to court today for sentencing.
Hurt faces between three years and life in prison.