Lafayette circuit court winds up long session

Property and drug crimes led the packed docket.

By Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD - A three-week Lafayette County circuit court session that ended Friday resulted in guilty pleas or convictions in nearly 50 felony cases.

Atop sentences ranging from probation and house arrest to 17 years in Mississippi Department of Corrections custody, most defendants were also levied fines of up to $5,000 and court costs.

In addition to the cases listed below, several dozen other defendants either had their cases dismissed or retired to the files or were acquitted.

Sentences imposed

Freddie Holmes, 32, 750 Washington St., Grenada, was given a five-year suspended sentence and one year of house arrest on a guilty plea to auto burglary.

Printice Wayne Kincade III, 26, 313 Lake St., Tupelo, pled guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance. An eight-year sentence was suspended in favor of a one-year house arrest.

Kevin Tony Booker, 26, 2410 Holmes Ave., Jackson, pled guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon. Fifteen years of a 25-year sentence were suspended, leaving him with ten years to serve.

Logan Curtis Brewer-Young III, 35, 211 Cherokee Dr., Memphis, Tenn., was given a year of probation and a $25,000 fine in exchange for guilty pleas on five charges of possession of controlled substances.

Michael Turner, 37, 803 Thornton St., Water Valley, was given a five-year suspended sentence and three years' probation after pleading guilty to accessory after the fact of grand larceny.

Christopher Mathis, 23, 2023 Brandywine Ct., Oxford, pled guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to 10 years, with eight years suspended and two to serve.

Christopher D. Houston, 23, 1416 E. Raines Rd., Memphis, Tenn., pled guilty to four counts of uttering forgery. A five-year sentence was suspended in favor of three years' probation.

Perry Glen Tidwell, 529 C.R. 371, Water Valley, was handed a five-year suspended sentence and three years' probation for guilty pleas on three counts of felony child abuse.

Charles L. Farmer, 19, 237 C.R. 69, Oxford, was sentenced to 15 years (with eight suspended and seven to serve) for burglary of a dwelling.

Michael Slate, 50, 29 C.R. 230, Oxford, received three years' probation and a five-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to taking a motor vehicle.

Tony Lambert, aka Tony T. Woods, 21, 952 Old Union Rd., Shannon, was sentenced to three years of probation and a five-year suspended sentence after a guilty plea to accessory after the fact of robbery.

Brandon Michael Taliaferro, 21, P.O. Box 1347, University, pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and received three years' probation and a three-year suspended sentence.

Cedric Weathersbee, 20, 509 4th St., Belzoni, received three years of probation and a three-year suspended sentence for possession of a controlled substance.

John B. Mazzanti, 22, 1492 Hwy. 82 E., Lake Village, Ark,. pled guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, for which he got a five-year suspended sentence and five years' probation.

Ryan Mathew Wojt, 21, 2000 Lexington Pointe, Apt. 11-A, Oxford, received three years of probation after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

Kenneth Robert Sharpe, 21, 320 N. Houston Blvd., Centerville, Ga., pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was handed a five-year suspended sentence and three years of probation.

Roxanne Dee Marrs, 21, 708 Hwy. 49 S., Richland, received a three-year suspended sentence and a three-year probation for possession of a controlled substance.

Eugene Britt, 38, 177 Antioch Rd., Pontotoc, was given a 10-year sentence with five years suspended and three years of post-release supervision for possession of a controlled substance.

A jury found Robert Garrison, 45, address unavailable, guilty of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. He was sentenced to consecutive terms of five years and three years.

Dexter Dukes, 25, 33 C.R. 104, Oxford, pled guilty to possession of stolen property and received a five-year sentence with three years suspended and two to serve. For a guilty plea to manufacture of a controlled substance he received a three-year sentence. Under habitual offender statute, the sentences are consecutive.

Jeffrey Booker, 17, 529 C. R. 303, Taylor, was given a five-year suspended sentence and three years' probation for a guilty plea to burglary.

Cynthia R. Kesler, 34, 537 Hwy. 314, Oxford, was sentenced to three years (reduced to time served and three years of probation) for possession of precursors.

Michael Paul Hardin, 22, 4095 Hadley Dr., Lakeland, Tenn., pled guilty to robbery. He received a 15-year sentence, with eight suspended and seven to serve.

Eddie Booker Jr., 19, 529 C.R. 303, Taylor, pled guilty to accessory after the fact of grand larceny. A three-year sentence was suspended and one year probation imposed.

Michael Montgomery, 20, 70 C.R. 334, Oxford, was sentenced to one year in MDOC custody for grand larceny.

Kenneth W. Moody, 58, 13250 Hwy. 6 W., Thaxton, pled guilty to felony DUI and was ordered to one year of house arrest in lieu of a five-year suspended sentence.

Michael Andre Booker, 22, 7 C.R. 3015, Oxford, was sentenced to 25 years (15 suspended, 10 to serve) for a guilty plea to robbery with a deadly weapon.

Gregory Alexander Burney, 24, 300 C.R. 338, Oxford, also pled guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon. Of his 25-year sentence, eight years were suspended with orders to serve 17.

Justin R. Bishop, 21, 1527 Bibbs Rd., Batesville, pled guilty to felony DUI. Three years of a five-year sentence were suspended, leaving two to serve.

Joey K. Smith, 25, 4793 Hillsdale, Olive Branch, pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and received three years of probation.

James C. Jones, 29, 50 C. R. 307, Oxford, was sentenced to three years, with two suspended and one to serve, for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Clifford A. Martin, 25, 1001 Hwy. 7 S., Holly Springs, pled guilty to felony DUI and received one year of house arrest in favor of a five-year suspended sentence.

William Vance Valencia, 45, 1106 Grant Cir., Oxford, received a five-year sentence (three suspended, two to serve) for felony DUI.

Robert Blake Jordan, 29, 509 8th St., Amory, and Tommy Roberts, 215 W. Constance, Santa Barbara, Calif., were each given a five-year probation in lieu of a ten-year suspended sentence for sale of a controlled substance.

Eric Lamont Mitchell, 29, P.O. Box 1285, Oxford, received a three-year suspended sentence and two years' probation for possession of a controlled substance.

Probation revocations

Several defendants were judged to have violated terms of their probation and were ordered to begin serving previously suspended sentences:

Christopher Bernard Price, 33, P.O. Box 661, Oxford, had his probation revoked and a five-year sentence reimposed for shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Stevie Lee Draper, 25, 1215 Ivy Rd., Oxford, had a five-year sentence reimposed for simple assault on a law officer.

Bernard Mathis, 32, 225 C.R. 202, Oxford, was ordered to serve three years for burglary of a dwelling with intent to rape.

Reade Rogers, 27, 197 S. Main, Pontotoc, was ordered to serve three years for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Sentencing deferred

Pleas were accepted but sentencing deferred until additional information could be obtained in several cases:

Link Archie, aka Link Archie Brooks, 38, 104 C.R. 103, Oxford, pled guilty to simple assault on a law officer but was not yet sentenced.

Sentencing was deferred for Daniel Hanson, 34, 822 W. 6th St., Beloit, Kan., who entered a guilty plea to grand larceny.

Shaunta Blake, 49 C.R. 106, Abbeville, pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance but was not yet sentenced.

Christopher Lance Ellis, 23, P.O. Box 8402, Greenwood, pled guilty to accessory after the fact of burglary of a dwelling. Sentencing was deferred.

James Edward Delbridge, 53, 261 C.R. 217, Oxford, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to sale of a controlled substance.

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