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West Point man pleads guilty to armed robbery

July 18, 2014

DTL staff

Thursday’s Clay County Circuit Court session saw sentencing for three cases on the docket: Deshawn Rambus, Roger Shelton and Joshua Earnest.
Rambus, 23, of West Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, as well as possession of amphetamine. According to court documents, Rambus was arrested in April 2013 for possession of a .9 mm Beretta handgun which belonged to B & M Trading and Pawn in Aberdeen, and a .380 Smith and Wesson handgun belonging to a West Point resident.
Rambus was originally on the docket for the April court term, but his sentencing was pushed back due to the murder trials of Charles Smith and Shunbrica Roby. Judge Lee Howard sentenced Rambus to eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), with three years suspended, and a $1,000 fine.
Shelton, 26, of West Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery. According to court documents, Shelton was arrested in 2007 and charged for robbing two West Point citizens at gun point, taking a purse and cellphone from one, and $323 in cash from the other.
Shelton’s trial was originally set for the April 2008 term, but scheduling conflicts and mental evaluations pushed it back until the 2014 term. According to court documents, he underwent evaluation at Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield, and though he had a history of mental illness, the doctor noted that he showed no symptoms during the evaluation and concluded that he showed no signs of the illness during when the crimes occurred.

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