New assault charges bring up old histories

Staff Writer

A Mantee man who started his criminal career as a teenage burglary could be headed back to prison for probation violation and aggravated domestic assault.

According to Clay County Jail and Circuit Court records, James Brandon Hurst was charged with the assault July 2 in Pontotoc County.

That prompted a probation violation charge from one of his two prior burglary convictions.
If he is revoked, he could be ordered to serve the time left on his probation.

That could run consecutive to any time he gets if convicted in the assault, which carries up to 20 years in prison.
Hurst was first charged with involvement in the July 29, 2010, burglary of the County Line Club on Highway 50 East.

Beer and cash were taken.
On Jan. 12, 2011, a month before his 18th birthday, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years probation and $460 as his one-third share of restitution, according to Circuit Court records.

Hurst, who said at the time he only completed the seventh grade, was ordered by Judge Jim Kitchens to get his GED.

But he was back in jail within months.

He was charged with the July 30, 2011 burglary of Club Happy Hour.

On Aug. 8, 2011, he also tested positive for marijuana.
The two prompted a probation violation warrant.
On Oct. 14, 2011, his probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve the seven years.

On July 25, 2016, he pleaded to the second burglary and was given credit for the time he'd served and was placed on probation.

He flattened out his sentences on Sept. 4, 2017, but still had the second probation hanging over him, according to court records.
In an unrelated case, a man with a criminal history dating back 38 years is free on $22,000 bond on his latest charges.

Looking more like a bespectacled professor than an assault suspect, 55-year-old Franklin Webber pleaded not guilty to a felony and two misdemeanor domestic assault cases during a brief arraignment Friday in West Point Municipal Court.

In the felony case, he is accused of strangling his live-in girlfriend on Dec. 17, 2015, according to charges read in court Friday.

In the misdemeanors, he is accused first of hitting the same woman in the back of the head Tuesday and later that day, pushing her against a wall and threatening her with a knife.

Judge Bennie Jones set an Oct. 30 preliminary hearing date.
According to Clay County Circuit Court records, Webber completed his last criminal sentence on Jan. 30, 2015, ending a 10-year term for grand larceny and aggravated assault.

It was the latest in a record that started on July 17, 1980, when he was sentenced for burglary. That came five months after his 18th birthday.