A white Oktibbeha County woman appearing to intimidate two black visitors at an Oktibbeha County campground while holding a pistol has been found guilty of a misdemeanor and will have to pay a fine as ordered by the court.

Ruby Howell mug

Ruby Howell

Former Starkville Kampgrounds of America employee Ruby Howell’s case on the charge of threatening exhibition of a weapon went to trial in Oktibbeha County Justice Court on Tuesday, where Howell was found guilty by Justice Court Judge Larnzy Carpenter and ordered to pay a $250 fine, according to Justice Court Clerk Shalonda Sykes.

Howell will not serve jail time as a result of the guilty verdict.

She was represented by attorney Roy Carpenter during the trial.

A video of the incident, which occurred at Starkville Kampgrounds of America (KOA) on May 26, has since gone viral and spurred backlash against the company, who subsequently fired Howell.

For more on this story, read Thursday's Starkville Daily News.

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