Man pleads to child sex exploitation

 Antwaine Johnson listens to Judge Jim Kitchens during his plea hearing in Clay County Circuit Court Wednesday as his attorney, Public Defender Kristen Wood Williams looks on.
Staff Writer

A 33-year-old Clay County man gets a hug from his mother as he is led off to serve as much as 12 years in prison for cocaine trafficking.

And Terry Gillespie could face additional time if he is revoked on a prior conviction in Monroe County.
Gillespie pleaded guilty Wednesday in Clay County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 20 years with eight years suspended, leaving 12 to serve.

He was caught on Nov. 4, 2015 after drug agents searched his home and found 8.7 grams of the illegal drug in his bedroom. He also must spend five years on post-release supervision after he's released from prison.

A marijuana possession charge was retired as part of the plea agreement with prosecutors.
He still faces possible revocation on the Monroe County convictions for burglary and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

That could land him another two years.
Also as part of the plea agreement, Gillespie was not prosecuted as a habitual offender, which could have enhanced the amount of time he actually will spend behind bars.
Before being led from the courtroom.

Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott let him have a brief moment with his mother, who was in the courtroom for the proceedings.
They shared a hug.
"He's going away. We try to give them that moment if we can," Scott said.

In other circuit court cases Wednesday:
-- Antwaine Johnson, 30, was sentenced to 10 years with two suspended, leaving eight to service, and five years post-release supervision for exploitation of a child.
Between January and March 2015, Johnson, who was 28 at the time, sent a series of sexually explicit text messages to two different girls who were under 18.

He invited them to have sexual relations. A relative of one of the girls alerted investigators who tracked the texts back to Johnson.
Judge Jim Kitchens also ordered him to pay $250 to the victim's compensation fund and fined him $50,000 but suspended $49,000.

Rogillo told the judge "you might as well fine him $5 million" when the two noted the minimum fine for the crime is $50,000, which no one could afford to pay.
During a dialogue with Kitchens, Johnson said he'd been taking bi-polar drugs since he was 9 and the drugs combined with alcohol and marijuana had him to the point where he often didn't remember one day to the next.

He said he felt "much better" since he's been in jail and off the drugs.
"I didn't remember what I did everyday," said Johnson, who also has lived in Columbus and said he would "buy powder and drink beer everyday.

-- Jennifer Joiner of West Point celebrated her 44th birthday by being placed on pre-trial diversion for fraudulently obtaining goods. Between Aug. 19 and Aug. 21, 2016, she used a city of West Point payroll account at Cadence Bank to pay her C-Spire cell phone bill, according to court records.
"This is not a good way to spend your birthday, being in court," Judge Kitchens told her. 
If she completes the pre-trial program, she will be eligible to have her record cleared.
 She told Kitchens she'd smoked marijuana in the last "four or five days" but didn't use meth or cocaine and has been off pills for 30 days.

She told the judge she smoked pot for pain in her leg.

"My left leg has been hurting since I was 16, I hurt it playing basketball. I don't sit back on the couch and fire up a joint," Kitchens told her.

"If you flunk the drug tests, they'll tell me and you'll be back in here," Kitchens continued, referring to the stringent standards she will have to meet as part of pre-trial diversion.

-- Anthony Price, 38, a Lowndes County native who lives in West Point, pleaded guilty to felony fleeing law enforcement in exchange for prosecutors retiring a charge of aggravated assault on an officer.

He was sentenced to five years in prison, five years of post-release supervision and must pay a $500 fine and $6,837.68 in restitution.
The charges stem from a May 19, 2017 incident in which he fled at high speed from West Point Police Sgt. Bryan Anderson and then crashed into Anderson's patrol car.
Price has a 2000 conviction for robbery in Lowndes County and was sentenced to five years and had his probation revoked in that case in 2005. In 20007, he got two years for possession of meth in Lowndes County.
According to court records, he started drinking when he was 15, smoking marijuana daily when he was 16 and using meth daily when he was 20.
As part of the plea agreement, he was not prosecuted as a habitual offender.

-- James Gandy, 49, was sentenced to seven years with four suspended and three to serve for burglary of a shed. He also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution. As part of the plea agreement, a second charge of attempted burglary was retired. He also was not prosecuted as a habitual offender despite having prior convictions for drug possession and drug trafficking.
 He pleaded guilty in connection with the Jan. 30, 2017 storage shed belonging to Danny Box at 244 College St. in West Point. Chains saws, leaf blowers and other items were taken and never recovered. He was caught coming back the next day to take more items, Assistant District Attorney Marc Amos told Judge Lee Howard.
 Gandy will be given credit for the five months he's been in jail since he missed a court date in January and was picked back up.

-- Delancey Lucas, 28, will be sentenced Sept. 18 on charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He was charged on Nov. 5, 2016 after West Point Police responded to a call of multiple gunshots in the area of Sixth Street North and stopped a car Lucas was driving which matched the description of one involved in the shooting.
An officer spotted a Rossi .44-caliber revolver, with the barrel still warm, on the console of the car.
Lucas has prior convictions for possession of marijuana between 30 and 250 grams and possession of marijuana between 250 and 500 grams. Those charges stemmed from arrests in 2010 and 2011. He pleaded guilty in 2014 but had completed those sentences, according to court records.
Lucas faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.
 "Your sentence depends in large part on your conduct between now then. Do you understand what I'm telling you," the judge told him before letting him go free on his existing bond.

-- Zane Ziegelman III, 23, had his probation revoked and must serve two years of his prior sentence for aggravated domestic violence.

-- Demarcus White, 21, had his probation revoked and must serve three years in connection with a burglary at West Point High School in December 2015

-- Andre Crawford, 38, had his post-release supervision revoked from a 2006 aggravated assault conviction and was sent back to prison for four years. He had not reported to probation officers for two years, tested positive for cocaine and was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in West Point City Court before fleeing the area to India, where he was tracked down by U.S. Marshals in May.
He was indicted in April 2016 for possession of cocaine stemming from his arrest on July 30, 2015. That arrest, along with a failed drug test and thousands of dollars in unpaid fines and fees, prompted prosecutors to try to revoke his probation from an October 2006 aggravated assault conviction.
 Crawford apparently left the area sometime in 2015 and 2016 and authorities have been looking for him since then until he was picked up this spring in Crown Point, Ind. 
In October 2006, a seven-woman, five-man Clay County jury convicted Crawford in the Jan. 3, 2006, stabbing of Harold Jordan at Jordan's house on James Street where Jordan sold alcohol after hours to "make a little extra money," according to court records.
Crawford and a friend, Andre Rice, had gone there after watching football to get alcohol but got into a dispute because Jordan wouldn't sell to them on credit. Crawford stabbed Jordan in the neck and fled, according to court records.
 Crawford was sentenced to 16 years and four years post-release supervision.
His arrest history dates back to the 1990s. He was expelled from school in 1995 for fighting and was convicted in 1998 of unarmed carjacking. He was given a five-year suspended sentence in that case. He also had misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions in 1997 and 2002 and his suspended carjacking sentence was revoked in 1999.