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Suspect indicted for armed robbery

January 31, 2011


One of two suspects in an October 2010 carjacking outside a Starkville grocery store has been indicted on an armed robbery charge in connection with the incident.
Byron Levar Perry, 24, of 1616 11th Ave., Columbus, was arraigned in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court late Friday afternoon on the armed robbery charge. He was ordered held without bond.
The next date of Circuit Court action in Perry’s case is April 19.
Perry was arrested Nov. 2, 2010, in the carjacking incident reported about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 22 in the parking lot at the Piggly Wiggly store on Highway 12 West.
The male victim told responding officers that a black male and black female stole his Ford Crown Victoria at gunpoint, said Starkville Police Department detectives after Perry’s arrest.
Within minutes of the incident, Oktibbeha County sheriff’s deputies spotted the stolen car heading east on U.S. toward Columbus.
Deputies pursued the car into Lowndes County until the male suspect pulled over, got out of the car and fled on foot. He managed to elude capture, and the car was recovered, police said.
SPD detectives, working with Lowndes County sheriff’s deputies and Columbus police, were able to identify Brianna Colette Payne, 22, of 40008 Mt. Olive Drive, Hamilton, as the female suspect and Perry as the male suspect involved in the carjacking incident, said SPD detectives, who would not comment on the specific circumstances of the investigation that led them to the suspects.
Whether Payne has also been indicted by the Grand Jury has not yet been revealed in court proceedings.

Guilty pleas and sentencings

In Circuit Court action Friday and Monday, the following defendants maded guilty pleas and were sentenced or had 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):
• Jennifer Henderson, embezzlement, 5 years in prison, $1,000 fine, $1,578 in restitution.
• J. Junior Ruffin, sale of cocaine within 1,500 feet of a day care center, 15 years in prison, $10,000 fine.
• Robert Rowan, statutory rape, 5 years in prison, $750 fine.
• Cody Clark, possession of between .1 and 2 grams of cocaine, 2 years in prison, $750 fine.
• Ashley Sudduth, felony shoplifting, 5 years of probation, $300 fine.
• Jason Potts, conspiracy to sell cocaine, sale of MDMA (ecstasy), two counts of sale of less than 30 grams of marijuana, 30 years in prison, $20,000 in fines.
• Barron Withers, three counts of sale of less than 30 grams of marijuana, 7 years in prison, $300 fine, $300 in restitution to the Mississippi Crime Laboratory.
• Ashley Clark, accessory after the fact to robbery, 5 years of probation, $1,000 fine.
• Zakiya O’Neal, two counts of uttering a forgery (habitual offender), $20 years in prison, $8,035.58 in restitution.


In a Circuit Court roundup story in Friday’s edition of the Starkville Daily News, the listing of a defendant who was sentenced to non-adjudicated probation after pleading guilty to burglary of a commercial building did not list all of theidentifying information in the defendant’s name.
The defendant’s name is Anthony Grayer Jr.
The Daily News staff apologizes for any misunderstanding this may have caused and is glad to set the record straight.

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