CATEGORY: Courts

AUTHOR: EILEEN

HED:Monroe County Pleas

ABERDEEN - A retired officer of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries pleaded guilty this week to one count of aggravated assault.

Buck Wright, 52, Old Houston Road, entered his plea Wednesday before Circuit Judge Barry Ford. Wright, who was on sick leave at the time of the assault on Dec. 20, 1997, was sentenced to a 20-year suspended sentence and five years of probation. He also must pay court costs and fines.

Assistant district Attorney Rob Coleman said Wright has since retired from the department.

Also pleading guilty on Wednesday was Randle Lee Gray, 25, address unknown.

Gray pleaded guilty to sale of less than an ounce of marijuana. He received a three-year suspended sentence with probation. He also must pay fines and restitution.

Earlier pleas

Other pleas were entered Tuesday.

Roland Vasser, 19, 300 Burnette St., Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of cocaine.

For the first count, Vasser received a 15-year sentence but was placed in the Regimented Inmate Discipline program. Upon completion of the program Vasser will be placed in a restitution center. He was ordered to pay a fine, restitution, court costs and a fee to the Mississippi Crime Victim's Compensation Fund.

Ford sentenced Vasser to a suspended 15-year suspended for the second count to run concurrently with the first charge.

Derick Earl Johnson, 26, Martin Luther King Drive, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of cocaine.

Johnson was sentenced to 15 years, with 11 suspended; five years of post-release supervision; fines, fees, and a contribution to the Mississippi Crime Victim's Compensation Fund.

For the second count he received a 15-year suspended sentence to run concurrently with the first count.

Eric Lamont Williams, 22, Project Street, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to uttering a forgery. He received a 10-year suspended sentence and supervised probation. He must pay $4,000 in restitution and a contribution to the Mississippi Crime Victim's Compensation Fund.

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