TUPELO • A Mooreville man will spend the next 10 years in a state prison after pleading guilty to three felony driving under the influence charges.
Ronald Wayne Yoe, 62, of 174 Bonnie Farm Circle, had been held in the Lee County Jail without bond since Aug. 15. He left the jail at 3:54 a.m. Dec. 3 and was transported to the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. The Mississippi Department of Corrections shot a new mugshot of Yoe on Monday, but he has not been assigned to a permanent facility.
Yoe entered guilty pleas in Lee County Circuit Court to the charges of DUI-third, DUI-maiming and DUI-fourth. As part of a plea agreement, he was given 10 years to serve, with 29 years suspended. Upon his release, he will be on probation for another 5 years. During that period of post-release supervision, he cannot possess or use alcohol. If he does, he could be forced to serve the suspended sentence.
District Attorney John Weddle said the victims of the December 2016 head-on collision Yoe caused approved the plea agreement. Delays in getting the medical records for the maiming charge prevented Weddle from presenting the case to a grand jury in 2017.
When the case was finally presented to the grand jury in February, they handed down an indictment for felony DUI. In the months following the indictment, Yoe was arrested for DUI in March, May, July and August.
It was following that last arrest that Circuit Court Judge Paul Funderburk ordered him held without bond.
Yoe still has three DUI charges pending in circuit court.