A Summerfield man has been sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.
Millard Howard Griffith, 48, who lives at 14785 S Hwy. 475, pleaded no contest last week to the charge. He also was ordered to submit to a DNA test and was given credit for two days served in the Marion County Jail.
Griffith has served six different sentences in Florida prisons, the longest being from Dec. 5, 2007-Jan. 6, 2016 after pleading no contest to charge of lewd and lascivious molestation. In a plea agreement, a second charge of lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 12 was dropped. That conviction is the reason Griffith has been ordered to register as a sex offender.
Griffith also served prison sentences from Nov. 16, 1990-March 11, 1991; Jan. 3, 1992-May 12, 1992; Oct. 15, 1993-Nov. 1, 2000; Aug. 12, 2004-Oct. 1, 2006; and May 19, 2016-June 19, 2017. Those sentences came after convictions on a litany of charges – some more than once – including armed burglary, grand theft and grand theft of a motor vehicle.
All told, Griffith has been held in the Marion County Jail 12 times since 1990. He was remanded to jail on Aug. 15 after his most recent conviction and is still there awaiting his transfer to a Florida prison.
Griffith also was arrested on May 31 on sex offender violations when he failed to report changes to his employment and phone number. He was arrested on June 1, 2018 on two counts of failing to report a name or residence change. And April 21, 2016 he was taken into custody after a warrant was issued for his arrested in connection with a parole violation following his release on the lewd and lascivious conviction.