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October Circuit Court term ends

October 13, 2012

The October 2012 term of Clay County Circuit Court concluded Thursday afternoon after several more sentencing orders were entered and after a few more cases were continued to the January 2013 and April 2013 terms of court.
The following pleas and sentences were handed down as of Oct. 9, 2012:
• Lucinda Cummingham pled guilty to the charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and was sentenced as a habitual offender to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Cunningham’s habitual status makes her ineligible for probation or parole, and the sentence cannot be reduced or suspended. She was fined $350.
• The bond of Melissa Beach, who is charged with armed robbery, was set at $75,000, and Beach was remanded back to the custody of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department until bond is posted.
• The court found that Altavese Haughton, charged with malicious mischief, was incompetent to stand trial in Circuit Court following the hearing of a report from the State Hospital, where Haughton was evaluated and treated for about six months. The report informed the court that the hospital is of the opinion that Haughton will also not be able to stand trial in the foreseeable future. The court followed the recommendation of the court, which was to refer Haughton to Clay County Chancery Court for the possibility of a civil commitment, and Haughton was remanded back to the Sheriff’s Department until further court proceedings.
• The Stated moved to revoked the five-year post release supervision for Helen Cousins, who was convicted of sale of cocaine, sentenced to seven years and placed on five years PRS. The State said Cousins was in violation of the terms of her PRS by being behind on supervisor fees and court-ordered costs and fines. The court declined to revoke Cousins’ PRS following a notice that as of Thursday Cousins’ court costs and fines were paid in full and she was making strides to clear the balance of her supervisor’s fees.
• The five-year post release supervision of Carnell Johnson, convicted of sale of cocaine and previously sentenced to six years, was revoked following the court’s finding that Johnson was in violation of his PRS. Johnson was sentenced to five-years with MDOC and ordered to participate in MDOC’s long term Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program.
• The five-year PRS of William Drake, convicted of possession of cocaine with intent and previously sentenced to six years, was revoked following the court’s finding that Drake was in violation of his PRS. Drake was sentenced to five years with MDOC and ordered to participate in MDOC’s long term Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program.
• Terrence Ewings pled guilty to the charge of possession of contraband in jail and was sentenced to five years and ordered to participate in MDOC’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program. Ewings was fined $5,000. In addition, he will be placed on five years PRS after release from confinement.
• Tauren Ware pled guilty to the sale of marijuana and was sentenced to three years with MDOC with no fine, but the execution of the sentence was suspended and Ware was placed on three years supervised probation. Ware also pled guilty to the charge of possession of cocaine and was sentenced to eight years to be served through the House Arrest Program. For this charge, Ware was fined $2400, and upon completion of the House Arrest Program Ware will be placed on five years PRS.
• Antwjuane Terry pled guilty to the charge of possession of codeine and was sentenced to 10 years with MDOC with nine years suspended and one year to serve provided that Terry complete five years of PRS with no violations. Terry was fined $3,000.
• Dalton Pinkston pled guilty to burglary and larceny of a dwelling and was sentenced to 10 years with MDOC, fined $1200 and ordered to pay restitution of $240. Pinkston will have to submit to MDOC’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program and will be placed on five years PRS after release from confinement.
• Steven White pled guilty to the charge of grand larceny, but the court declined to accept his guilty plea and placed White on five years probation. White was ordered to pay a fine of $2400 and restitution of $800.
• Rodney Johnson pled guilty to the charge of possession of cocaine and was sentenced to fives years, which will be served through the House Arrest Program. Johnson was fined $2400.
• Jason Brown pled guilty to the charge of grand larceny, was sentenced to 10 years with MDOC, but the execution of the sentence was suspended and Brown was placed on supervised probation for five years. He was ordered to pay restitution of $36,165.

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