A Starkville man initially arrested for 25 auto burglaries last year will spend a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of auto burglary.
Jonathan Emerson, 24, pleaded guilty in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court to the two counts, including one as a habitual offender. Emerson has prior auto burglary charges from 2013 and 2017. Two counts on the current indictment were dropped as part of a plea deal.
In the habitual offender count, officers were dispatched to an apartment complex after the owner of an Infiniti G35 reported a Fossil watch missing from his vehicle. A watch matching the description of the missing timepiece was found when Emerson’s vehicle was searched following an unrelated traffic stop. Police arrested Emerson on drug charges, and he later confessed to the burglary. He was arrested for a total of 25 auto burglaries that took place across Oktibbeha County that weekend on Sept. 10.
The watch was recovered and returned to its owner. As a habitual offender, Emerson was given the maximum of seven years in prison for the first count. The burglary took place on Sept. 9, 2018.
In the second count, the owner of a Ford F150 living on Old Mayhew Road reported $140 and a .40-caliber Glock handgun missing from his vehicle on Sept. 9. Emerson was questioned about the burglary while incarcerated and admitted his guilt. He will serve three years in prison and four of post-release supervision.
He will also be required to pay $2,065 in restitution upon his release.
In an unrelated case, a woman was sentenced to five years probation on the charge of conspiracy to introduce a controlled substance into a jail.
Shanta Eureka Summerville, 24, received the sentence for her involvement in a plan to throw a box containing marijuana and other substances over the wall of the Oktibbeha County Jail.
Starkville Police Sgt. Kenny Watkins was monitoring phone calls from the jail on Aug. 9, 2016 and heard inmate Edward Lamar Ware asking Summerville to deliver a box to another friend, Jay Rock, who would then throw it over the jail wall. The following day, a call was made confirming Rock as the person to deliver the package. The package was delivered and intercepted. It was found to contain marijuana and additional pills. An affidavit was prepared and Summerville was arrested.