Hed: Tupelo man pleaded guilty to four counts in Monroe County

ABERDEEN - A Tupelo man pleaded guilty Monday to four different counts, including kidnapping and aggravated assault, in a Monroe County case that occurred in June.

Michael Stephen Dickerson, 30, of Route 4, Box 250 Tupelo, pleaded guilty in Monroe County Circuit Court to four charges in that county and one charge in Pontotoc County.

Assistant District Attorneys Clay Joyner and Rob Coleman handled the case. Hal Barkley of Aberdeen was Dickerson's attorney.

Joyner said Dickerson pleaded guilty in Monroe County to burglary of a dwelling, grand larceny, kidnapping and aggravated assault. In a separate case in Pontotoc, he pleaded guilty to burglary of a dwelling.

Dickerson's Monroe County charges stemmed from a June 30 incident in Nettleton, in which Dickerson was accused of entering the home of Shane Scruggs, 25, of Nettleton and committing the offenses, Joyner said.

Dickerson is accused of stealing items, including a 9 mm pistol, which he pulled on Scruggs when he came home. When Dickerson pointed the gun at the victim he pulled the trigger. Even though the gun was loaded there was no bullet in the chamber. Dickerson then forced Scruggs to leave with him.

Dickerson received 20 years for the burglary charge; five years for the grand larceny charge; 30 years with 10 suspended for the kidnapping charge; and 20 years for the aggravated assault charge. All sentences are to run concurrently. Dickerson also was ordered to post release supervision and restitution.

- Eileen Bailey

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