HED:Two Prentiss County drug trials end in convictions
By Jane Clark Summers
BOONEVILLE - Two men accused of selling cocaine were convicted in separate trials in Prentiss County during the March term of circuit court.
Fred Ragin, 25, Route 1, Box 542, Booneville, was convicted on two counts of sale of cocaine, said Assistant District Attorney Jim Pounds. The jury deliberated for about 30 minutes before finding Ragin guilty.
He was sentenced to two concurrent prison terms of 30 years with 15 years suspended. He was also fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs.
In the other trial, Richard Stafford, 26, 203 Mobley St., Booneville, also was found guilty by a jury of two counts of sale of crack cocaine. He was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 30 years with 15 years suspended.
Because Stafford has a prior felony conviction from Dade County, Fla., the district attorney's office went on record as opposed to bail if the defendant appeals the conviction. Pounds said Stafford is considered a possible flight risk because of his connections to Florida.
Both Ragin and Stafford must serve 85 percent of the remaining 15 years before being eligible for parole consideration, Pounds said.