NATHAN BULLARD # R6795
CHICKASAW COUNTY JAIL
120 LANCASTER CIRCLE
HOUSTON, MS 38851
REGISTER NUMBER: R6795
LOCATED AT: NORTH MISSISSIPPI COUNTY JAIL
RELEASE DATE: 05/01/2039
Offense ~ MARIJUANA - POSSESS-
Total Length: 24 YEARS
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Former Tupelo restaurateur sentenced to 24 years on drug charges
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Tupelo man will spend 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges. District Attorney John Weddle says Nathan Bullard, 37, entered guilty pleas to sale and possession of marijuana during a court hearing Friday.
Investigators say Bullard had nearly three pounds of marijuana in his possession at the time of his arrest in April of 2015. Bullard will also serve five years probation when he is released from prison. “The maximum sentence on the possession is 24 years, and he is serving all of that,” said District Attorney John Weddle. “He will still have 15 years hanging over his head.”
The charges stem from an April 2015 raid of a Tupelo house on Fair Oaks Drive where police and narcotics officers recovered approximately three pounds of marijuana. Bullard was on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest. In November 2001, drug agents raided a residence on Monument Street in Tupelo. Bullard, then 23, was arrested with about a pound of marijuana.
Bullard gained infamy and the ire of law enforcement for his online comments following the Dec. 23, 2013, shooting of Tupelo Police Sgt. Gale Stauffer and officer Joseph Maher as they responded to a bank robbery. Stauffer was killed in a shoot-out near Crosstown. Maher was injured and has yet to return to the job.
At the time, Bullard was running Sir Antony’s Bakery, a restaurant started by his stepfather Antony Jacobs. Bullard wrote on WTVA’s Facebook page, “The police been gunning down innocent people for years. … You’re more likely to be killed by the police, than by a terrorist, in this country. So, it’s only tragic when one of the terrorists themselves, is gunned down? I don’t get it …”
Those comments brought an avalanche of criticism and launched a “Boycott Sir Antony’s Bakery in Tupelo” Facebook page, attracting more than 1,000 members. Less than three weeks later in mid-January, Sir Antony’s in Midtown Pointe (formerly Gloster Creek Village) was closed.