Purvis, MS –  15th Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announces that on May 3, 2018, Phillip Don Lawson, 41, of Purvis, MS, was found guilty by a Lamar County Jury of two counts of child molestation and one count of statutory rape. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Laurel Brinkley and Lauren Barnes Harless. Lawson will be sentenced Friday, May 18, 2018. Lawson faces a maximum penalty on all charges of sixty years (60) years in prison. District Attorney Hal Kittrell states that “We admire the courage it took for this victim to report these heinous crimes and her commitment in seeing her case through to the end. We also appreciate the investigation by the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department. We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict and hopeful that a just sentence will be obtained May 18th.”