RIPLEY -- A Texas man received a 130 year sentence in Tippah County Circuit Court last week after a jury convicted him on multiple charges stemming from a crime spree and high-speed chase through Tippah and Benton counties last year, law enforcement sources said Friday.
Jeremiah Leland Daniels, 39, of Jacksonville, Texas, was caught after he wrecked on I-22 in the Hickory Flat area of Benton County, Tippah County Jail Administrator/ deputy Chris McCallister said.
In a vacation term of court, Judge Kent Smith sentenced Daniels, with the sentences to run concurrently. The first 30 years must be served day for day, meaning no chance of early release.
He was convicted of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted aggravated assault, one count of grand larceny, one count of burglary of a dwelling, and of being a habitual offender.
Tippah County Sheriff Karl Gaillard and investigator Josh Bateman were among law enforcement officers from Tippah who put in a lot of time working the case.
Authorities said Daniels broke into a woman’s house in the eastern part of the county in July, 2020, left his truck there and stole her vehicle. He later drove to the west part of the county, robbed two more people and stole a cellphone. Later he shot into a work van occupied by two people.
He was chased into Benton County, pointed an AR-15 at a Benton deputy during a chase, and eventually stopped then surrendered.
Deputies said Daniels admitted to using Kratom, a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have psychotropic (mind-altering) effects.
The case was the only one heard during the term of court.
Jury selection began last Monday morning, and the jury was seated after lunch that day.
Opening arguments began last Tuesday, and the case went to the jury last Thursday. The jury deliberated about 30 minutes before returning its verdict.
Daniels testified in his own defense.
District Attorney Ben Creekmore and Assistant District Attorney Thad Mueller presented the prosecution’s case. Public defenders Chris Kitchens and Mason Wages defended Daniels.
Authorities said Daniels still faces charges in Benton County stemming from the case.