New Year's not kind to trio

Staff Writer

The new year didn’t start well for three Clay County residents, whose criminal history landed them in jail.

According to Clay County Jail records, 38-year-old Thomas Dewayne Collins was arrested New Year’s Day on a 2-year-old probation violation warrant from Clay County Circuit Court.

Collins’ original conviction dates back to July 2004 when he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years post-release supervision for selling cocaine. As part of the plea agreement, charges of possession of cocaine and possession of a pound of marijuana were retired.

The original charge stemmed from the sale of cocaine to another man on Aug. 28, 2003.

The latest probation violation warrant was issued by Circuit Court in 2016, but Collins couldn’t be found, according to court records. He was picked up Tuesday and could be returned to prison, despite the fact the conviction is more than 14 years old.

In a similar case, 43-year-old Jeanette Pernell was picked up on a probation violation warrant issued in October after she failed to report to her probation officer and didn’t pay fines and fees.

It was her second probation violation in the last two years. In July 2017, she was sent to the state’s restitution center for also failing to report or pay fines and for testing positive for cocaine in September 2016.

She originally was indicted in October 2007 for selling cocaine to an undercover officer on March 9, 2007. In January 2009, she was sentenced to 12 years with five years of post-release supervision.

In a third case, 37-year-old Aaron McKinney, who was picked up last summer on a 3-year-old indictment, was arrested again on new charges.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol charged McKinney with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana and improper equipment following a traffic stop Sunday night.

He remains in jail on $16,356.25 bond and could be ordered held without bond because of the other charges pending against him.

McKinney originally was indicted in October 2015 for selling cocaine and marijuana to an undercover agent on three occasions in July and September 2014.

But after his indictment, officers didn’t locate him until last summer. He made bond and is due in Clay County Circuit Court on those old charges later this month.