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1st week of circuit term ends, murder hearing continued

February 2, 2013

By NATHAN GREGORY
citybeat@starkvilledailynews.com

The Oktibbeha County Circuit Court wrapped up the first week of the January term yesterday.

The following criminal cases were resolved:
Lijames Halbert was found guilty of manslaughter-culpable negligence. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and five years post-release supervision. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $7,000 in restitution.

Tony Armstead was found guilty of embezzlement. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and $500 restitution.

Sammie Reed, classified as a habitual offender, was found guilty of robbery and possession of contraband in jail. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.

Jacob O. Harriel was found guilty of grand larceny and two counts of burglary. He was given a seven-year suspended sentence and five years probation. He was ordered to pay a $250 fine for each count and $3,657.78 total restitution.

Justin Thompson was found guilty of statutory rape. He was given a five-year suspended sentence and five years probation. He must also pay a $1,000 fine and register as a sex offender as required by state statute.

Branden Lee was found guilty of sale of marijuana, less than 30 grams. He was placed on three years probation and a $1,200 fine.

Kennie Keys’ probation on a felony taking of a motor vehicle charge was modified after it was found he violated the terms of his probation. He was ordered to attend the Regimented Inmate Discipline Program.

Quantavious Lawrence was found guilty of possession of marijuana, less than 30 grams, with intent. He was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,200 fine.

Havard Evans was found guilty of possession of marijuana, less than 30 grams, with intent. He was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,200 fine.

Rachel Sloan was found guilty of grand larceny. She given a 10-year suspended sentence and five years probation. She must also pay a $2,400 fine and $1,073.26 restitution.

Charese Dodd was found guilty of felony DUI third. She was placed in the Intensive Supervision/House Arrest Program for one year. If she completes the program, she will afterward be on probation for four years. Failure to complete the program will result in a five-year prison term. She was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Douglas Bardwell’s post-release supervision on a charge of sale of oxycodone was revoked. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
Arthur William Holliday’s post-release supervision on a burglary of a dwelling charge was revoked. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
Kenneth Cheeks was found guilty of embezzlement. He was placed on five years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus $275.44 in restitution.

Shelton Cooper was found guilty of felony DUI third. He was placed in the Intensive Supervision/House Arrest Program for five years. If he completes the program, he will afterward be on probation for five years. Failure to complete the program will result in a five-year prison term.

Joshua Moore was found guilty of two counts of burglary of an automobile. He was given a seven-year sentence — four to be served in prison and three years suspended. He was also placed on five years probation and ordered to pay a $1,200 fine and $160 in restitution.

Terrance L. Rogers was found guilty of burglary of a building as a habitual offender. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay a $1,200 fine plus $248 in restitution.

Jamal Jones’ post-release supervision on a sale of cocaine charge was revoked. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Eddie Jones was found guilty of felony DUI third. He was placed in the Intensive Supervision/House Arrest Program for one year. If he completes the program, he will afterward be on probation for four years. Failure to complete the program will result in a five-year prison term. She was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Matthew Evans was found guilty of conspiracy. He was given a five-year suspended sentence with five years probation and ordered to pay a $1,200 fine.

The following civil cases were resolved:
Kevin Sawyer Bishop, doing business as Starkville Barber & Hair Design College, was ordered to pay RMR Investment Company $16,822.95 plus $4,205 in attorney fees, $155 in court costs and a $35 service of process expense.

James L. White was ordered to pay Mississippi State University $749 plus $337.44 in attorney fees and $26 in late fees.

Delois Mickens was ordered to pay Advanced Recovery System $998.20 plus $339 in attorney fees.

Tara L. Brooks was ordered to pay Trustmark National Bank $1,277.77.
Victoria Roby was ordered to pay Mississippi State University $1,325.63.
Belynda Keys was ordered to pay Mississippi State University $1,137.27.
Larrita R. Chandler was ordered to pay Mississippi State University $1,608.22 plus $402.06 in attorney fees.

The trial for murder suspect Dennis Thompson was once again continued Monday. Thompson also faces three counts of aggravated assault. He is charged in the May 22, 2010 shooting incident outside a Douglas Conner Drive venue that killed 25-year-old Curtis “C.K.” Randle, of Starkville, and seriously injured three others.

The court term will continue 9 a.m. Monday at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse annex.

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