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Sedric Sutton was indicted by a grand jury on two counts: (1) possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and (2) possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. After a trial by jury, Sutton was convicted on the first count and acquitted on the second. The trial court sentenced Sutton as a habitual offender to fifteen years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He appealed. The Mississippi Supreme Court found that all of the State’s evidence in the case stemmed from an unconstitutional search pursuant to an invalid warrant which failed adequately to describe the property to be seized by the executing officers. Pretrial, the court denied Sutton’s motion to suppress the evidence obtained from the search. After review, the Supreme Court reversed Sutton’s conviction and sentence and remanded the case to the trial court for further proceedings.