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Circuit Court hands down sentences

 

Dispatch Staff Report

 

The Lowndes County Circuit Court went into session this week, with a docket that includes more than 500 criminal cases for the term, many of them drug related. 

 


The following sentences have been handed down by the court, which began Monday: 

 


     

     


  • Jeremiah V. Stokes, of 180 Tabatha Lane in Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced to five years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and five years of post-release supervision. 

     


  • Kristy E. Patchen, of 48064 Highway 17 in Vernon, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count of possession of precursors. She was sentenced to eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years post-release supervision, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. 

     


  • Lula Henderson Harris, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of hydrocodone. She was sentenced to eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and five years of post-release supervision for each count. The sentences are to run concurrently. She was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

     


  • Misty Perez, of 8000 Highway 12 in Columbus, pleaded guilty to two counts of credit card fraud. She was sentenced to three years non-adjudicated probation for each count. She was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and $2,048 in restitution. The sentences are to run concurrently. 

     


  • Johnny Leech, of 912 Ninth Ave. S. in Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny. He was sentenced to one year of house arrest and five years probation. If Leech violates the terms of the house arrest he will serve a full sentence of 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and $4,000 in restitution. 

     


  • Sherry Keating, of 109 Dowdle St. in Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of hydrocodone. She was sentenced to one year of house arrest and ordered to attend outpatient drug counseling. If she fails to meet the terms of the house arrest, she will serve a full sentence of eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. She was also ordered to pay a $250 fine. 

     


  • James C. Brown, of 2614 17th Ave. N. in Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to one year in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, three years post-release supervision, and ordered to pay a $500 fine. 

     


  • Lori Ann Brody, of 105 24th Ave. SW in Reform, Ala., pleaded guilty to possession of precursors. She was sentenced to two years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

     


  • Shannon Beckworth, of 307 McCool Road in Caledonia, pleaded guilty to two counts sale of hydrocodone. Beckworth was sentenced to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years of post-release supervision, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine on each count. 

     


  • Christopher Blair, of 2171 Caledonia Steens Road in Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine greater than one gram but less than two grams. He was sentenced to two years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, two years post-release supervision, and ordered to pay a $750 fine. 

     


  • Timothy Doyle McGee, of 8080 County Road 9 in Millport, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count of possession of precursors. He was sentenced to eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

     


 

 

 

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Article Comment Mark Montgomery commented at 5/15/2009 3:09:00 AM:

Hydrocodone should be legal. Mexico just legalized possession of small amounts of all drugs. Switzerland just legalized heroin. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and their experience has been positive. Now if you are caught with a 10 day supply of your drug or less you face an administrative court, not a criminal court, but in practice they are just not arresting people. A group of 10,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors, attorneys and citizens have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (http://leap.cc ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Mark Montgomery boboberg@nyc.rr.com

 

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