An Alabama man will be required to pay back a substantial sum of money he embezzled, after pleading guilty in Mississippi District 16 Circuit Court Wednesday.
Over several months, 35-year-old Brandon Michael Peters, of Mobile, embezzled $55,867 from Campus Book Store in Starkville while he was an employee of the store. Peters was able collect cash from students returning textbooks, and did not return the cash to the store. He was also in a position where he oversaw money going into and out of the store, and was able to embezzle from the store by other means.
Peters turned himself in to the Starkville Police Department on Nov. 16, 2017. The embezzlement had gone on from November 2016 until September 2017.
Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Peters to 20 years in prison with 20 years suspended. He will serve five years of supervised probation, with the remaining 15 years unsupervised. He will also be required to pay back the $55,867 he embezzled back to Campus Book Store.
Kitchens said the relatively light sentence for the charge was made with Peters’ health in mind. Peters takes several medications for post-traumatic stress disorder and other ailments stemming from his service in Iraq and Afghanistan with the United States Navy.
He also said Campus Book Store desired financial restitution over seeing Peters punished.
In an unrelated case, Kitchens sentenced 21-year old Brian Bonds to three years of supervised probation on the charge of credit card fraud.
While employed by Domino’s Pizza in Starkville, Bonds committed credit card fraud on at least three occasions, spending $457.92 in total, including purchases from Nike. Bonds was arrested by SPD officers on Oct. 4, 2018.
In addition to his probation, Bonds will also pay back the$457.92 in restitution and will be required to pay $200 in court costs.
Another case saw 52-year-old Freddie Plair Jr. sentenced serve five years in prison for burglary of a dwelling after being sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman Wednesday.
While housesitting for his father and stepmother, Plair entered two locked rooms and took a 42-inch flatscreen TV and a PlayStation. Both items were pawned at AAA Jewelry and Loan in Starkville, and were not recovered.
On July 10, 2018, Plair’s stepmother called police to the dwelling after she found the items to be missing. Plair admitted to the theft after being interviewed by police.
Plair had a key to the dwelling, but was not allowed in certain rooms, which were kept locked when the occupants were gone.
Plair will serve five years in prison plus three years of post-release supervision. He will also pay $1,200 in fines plus court costs.