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Circuit Judges Handle Cases During May Term Of Court

Staff Report

WATER VALLEY – The trial has been delayed for one suspect charged in a brutal liquor store robbery and the second suspect had charges remanded to the file following a recommendation by Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera, citing new evidence. The cases were heard on plea day on April 30.

            Nicholas Hall and Keith Cook were indicted for conspiracy to commit robbery and strong arm robbery in the May 2, 2014, armed robbery of 315 Package Store on Blackmur Drive in Water Valley. The incident occurred as the clerk was closing around 10 p.m. The elderly lady was jumped by one suspect and pushed down as he took her purse and fled. The clerk was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital for treatment.

            Cook’s charges were continued at request of the state and his court file indicates the defendant and prosecutor are negotiating a package plea and revocation. The continuance was also granted after the primary witness, the victim in the crime, was unable to testify after suffering a broke leg, along with a flare-up of gout. She is 78. Cook has previous convictions including burglary of a building other than a dwelling in 2007 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2011. He was indicted as a habitual offender in the case. Cook’s case is scheduled on the September docket in Circuit Court.

            In Hall’s case file, the prosecutor wrote that the state believes that new evidence calls into question the charges, and the state will reinvestigate. The court file also showed Hall’s charges had been remanded to the file. He was released from the Yalobusha County Jail after serving 227 days.

            Other cases continued during the May term of court held May 4 – 16 include

            • Ethel Woodard – Charged with food stamp fraud ($9,389), case continued.

            • Jimmy Joe Tutor – Charged with burglary of a dwelling and grand larceny, case continued.

            • Jessica Leister – Charged with burglary of a dwelling, plea of guilty and case continued for sentencing.

            • Regis Mister – Charged with embezzlement ($2840.84), case continued.

            • Isaac Nezzie Benson – Charged with sale of cocaine, plea of guilty and case continued for sentencing.

            • James Benson – Charged with sale of cocaine (four counts), plea of guilty and case continued for sentencing.

            • Donell Jeroid Cooper – Charged with felony fleeing, case continued.

            • Samantha Anderson – Charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, case continued.

            • Brice Germaine Morgan – Charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and sale of marijuana, case continued.

            • Wilson Hervey – Charged with deliberate design of murder, case continued.

            • Bryan Scott Shelton – Charged with aggravated assault, case continued for sentencing.

            • Chasity Champion – Charged with forged scripts, case continued.

            • Michael Rockette – Charged with sale of cocaine (2 counts), case continued.

            • Dreva Jabbar Campbell – Charged with aggravated assault, case continued.

            • Anthony Rockette – Charged with sale of cocaine (4 counts), case continued.

Sentences handed down during the May term of court included:

            • Sidney Dean Williams was sentenced to three years probation for possession of cocaine.

            • Kimberly Wilkins was sentenced to six years in the MDOC and two  years post release probation.

            • Keith Lashon Cook was sentenced to five years in the MDOC for possession of marijuana with intent.

·           • Gregory Letruvez Hervey was sentenced to 10 years in the MDOC for possession of weapon by a convicted felon and five years post release probation for intimidating a state witness.

            • Carl Pritchard was sentenced to five years in the MDOC for felony domestic violence.

            • Tiacol Coffey was sentenced to eight years in the MDOC and seven years post release probation for strong armed robbery.

            • Jamison C. Rockette was sentenced to four years in the MDOC and two years post release probation.

            • Kent Kinniburgh was sentenced to 6 months in the Yalobusha County Jail (suspended) and six months non-reporting probation for misdemeanor simple assault. Kinniburgh was initially charged with aggravated domestic violence, but the charges were reduced.

            • Sonya Dianne Gray was sentenced to 4 days in the Yalobusha County Jail with credit for 4 days served for misdemeanor simple assault. Gray was initially charged with assault on a police officer, but her charges were also reduced.

            In addition to Hall, Arthur Telford, Isaac Benson and Jason Russell had charges remanded to the file.

            • Circuit Judge Robert Chamberlin presided over court during plea day on April 30. Circuit Judge Smith Murphey presided during the first week of the May term and Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham presided during the second week of the May term.

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