BY LEESHA FAULKNER

Daily Journal

JACKSON - A Monroe County man in jail for forgery and possession of cocaine will get a hearing to see if he has to stay in prison.

Tuesday, the Mississippi Court of Appeals ordered a hearing in Circuit Court of Monroe County to decide if Ray Charles Lenoir should remain in prison 25 years on the two charges handed down consecutively to a federal charge of possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell.

While he was serving post-release time on a federal charge of possession of cocaine, Lenoir's probation was revoked on state charges.

Lenoir, 35, wants a hearing before the state court to determine the status of his federal sentences. He contends if his federal sentences aren't completed, he shouldn't have to serve out the state sentences. The high court agrees.

In 1999 Lenoir was sentenced to serve 71 months in federal prison. Bureau of Prisons records show he served time but does not indicate how many months he spent in federal prison before his release.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections lists Lenoir as an inmate at the Kemper County Correctional Facility in DeKalb.

Contact county-courts reporter Leesha Faulkner at 678-1590 or leesha.faulkner@djournal.com

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