Teen faces robbery, shooting trials
A Starkville teenager is now facing trial on felony charges in two separate incidents that could send him to prison for the rest of his life if he is convicted.
In an Oktibbeha County Circuit Court hearing Wednesday afternoon, Tavion Nyshiem Pegues, 15, of 135 Sand Road, Apt. 67, was arraigned on Oktibbeha County Grand Jury indictments for armed robbery and shooting into a dwelling. His bond was set at $50,000.
The armed robbery charge against Pegues stems from the March 27 holdup of the Sprint Mart/Shell convenience store on Highway 12 at Jackson Street.
The shooting into a dwelling charge stems from a May 22 incident in which multiple gunshots were fired into the home of the family of Dennis Thompson, who is charged with murder and three counts of aggravated assault in connection with shootings
outside a Conner Drive venue where a graduation party was being held May 21.
The shots into Thompson’s family’s home were fired in retaliation for the May 21 slaying of Curtis “C.K.” Randle and the wounding of three others, Starkville police said.
Pegues was charged as the one who fired the shots, Police Department detectives said.
In Circuit Court action Wednesday and Thursday, the following defendants were sentenced after pleading guilty or having prior suspended sentences, probation or post-release supervision revoked. They are listed by name, charges, sentence, fines and restitution (any similarities in name to other individuals in the community is purely coincidental):
• Michael Lucas, possession of between 2 and 10 grams of cocaine, 5 years of non-adjudicated probation, $500 fine, $250 in restitution to the Starkville Police Department.
• David B. Greenhaw, DUI (second offense, case appealed from Municipal Court), 5 days in the Oktibbeha County Jail (after the remaining 360 days in a one-year term were suspended), $1,000 fine, 40 hours of community service.
• Sherrod Miller, possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute, 4 years in prison (11 years of a 15-year sentence suspended), $500 fine.
• Jessica Sephus, two counts of felony false pretense, two counts of identity theft.
In Circuit Court action Wednesday and Thursday, the following suspects were arraigned on various Oktibbeha County Grand Jury indictments and are listed by name, charges, bond and date of next court action (any similarities in name to other individuals in the community is purely coincidental):
• Christopher Carruba, manufacture of psilocybin, $5,000 bond, Nov. 2.
• John T. Dawson, sale or transfer of diazepam, $5,000 bond, Nov. 2.
• Clayton Thigpen, burglary and conspiracy, $5,000 bond, Oct. 20.
• Bruce Rice, possession of cocaine, $5,000 bond, Oct. 21.
• Derrick Jordan, possession of cocaine, no bond due to being in Department of Corrections custody, Oct. 21.
• Jason Judion, sale or transfer of cocaine, sale or transfer of cocaine within 1,500 feet of a day care enter, no bond due to being in Department of Corrections custody, Oct. 19.
• Colby Brister, three counts of sale or transfer of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy, $15,000 bond, Nov. 4.
• Kashonda Elliot, shoplifting, $5,000 bond, Oct. 21.
• Ronnie McGee, sale or transfer of cocaine, no bond granted, Oct. 19.
• Cedric clark, possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, no bond due to a hold by the Department of Corrections, Oct. 21.
• Danny Fulgham, sale or transfer of diazepam, no bond due to a hold by the Department of Corrections, Oct. 18.
• Kizzy Campbell, shoplifting, $20,000 bond, Oct. 21.
• Robert Boyd, shoplifting (third offense), no bond due to a hold by the Department of Corrections.
• Joe Mitchell Gillespie, accessory after the fact, no bond granted, Nov. 3.
• Lawrence Henderson, two counts of grand larceny, no bond granted, Oct. 21.
• Delmetric Henderson, sale or transfer of cocaine within 1,500 feet of a school.