Two sentenced in Alcorn Circuit Court

CORINTH - Two defendants avoided jury trials and entered guilty pleas in Alcorn County Circuit Court this week.

John Nealy Nelms, 34, formerly of Florida, pleaded guilty to six felony charges, including the armed robbery of Corinth used car dealer Clyde King.

Nelms entered the plea in open court without a recommendation from the District Attorney's office, said Arch Bullard, assistant district attorney. "He threw himself on the mercy of the court," Bullard said.

Nelms, a habitual offender, also pleaded guilty to simple assault on a police officer, grand larceny, receiving stolen property and jail escape as well as a prior charge of felony shoplifting, Bullard said.

Circuit Judge Barry Ford sentenced Nelms to a total of 14 years in prison with seven years suspended. He will be given credit for about one year served in the county jail.

In other court action, Progressa Keeton, 32, of Corinth pleaded guilty to two separate charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver or sell. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison, suspended, and placed under intensive supervision or house arrest for one year.

- Jane Clark Summers

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