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AUTHOR: EILEEN

HED:Cousins get 65 years for robbery, assault

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN - Two Monroe County cousins were found guilty Wednesday on burglary, armed robbery and aggravated assault charges.

The jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Otey Hogan, 20, and Walter "Boo" Hogan, 22, both of Aberdeen, guilty of one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling, one count of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.

Otey Hogan, who had been serving a 15-year sentence for a prior robbery conviction, and Walter Hogan each received a combined sentence of 65 years on all four counts.

The trial for the pair began Monday in Monroe County Circuit Court. The two were accused of breaking into the home of Charles and Opal West on June 5, 1996. At the time of the incident, Charles West was 83 and his wife was 81.

Assistant District Attorney Rob Coleman said after breaking into the West home, the two men shot the couple. The Wests spent a week in the hospital after the shooting, each with gunshot wounds to the chest.

The men were accused of gaining entry into the home by cutting a hole in a screen door and lifting the latch. They then demanded money from the couple.

Earlier in the week, the Wests testified in the case.

Coleman presented evidence, including palm prints found outside and inside the West home belonging to Otey Hogan, gathered by the Aberdeen Police Department.

Also testifying were two eyewitnesses who placed the men at the home prior to the burglary, Coleman said.

"I'm glad justice was served," Coleman said.

Judge Frank Russell presided over the case. The co-prosecuting attorney was Clay Joyner.

Representing Otey and Walter Hogan were Mel Ellis of Tupelo and Tom Brahan of Aberdeen.

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