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Meth cases dominate Circuit Court session

 

Dispatch Staff Report

 

So far, drug offenders have made up the vast majority of the criminal cases coming before the Lowndes County Circuit Court, the majority of which are related to methamphetamine possession, sale or manufacturing. 

 

The following sentences have been handed down by the court: 

 

     

     

  • Joel Henry Franks Jr. of 201 Snake Road in Vernon, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine, greater than one gram but less than two grams. He was sentenced to two years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years probation upon release and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. 

     

  • Stanton Lee Madison of 114 Tower Road in Vernon, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count possession of precursors. He was sentenced to eight years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

     

  • Heather Lott of 12882 Highway 45 North in Finger, Tenn., pleaded guilty to one count felony shoplifting. She was sentenced to five years non-adjudicated probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine. 

     

  • Stacy R. Pryor of 2175 County Road 187 in Ethelsville, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine and one count possession of precursors. For the first count, he was sentenced to one year in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. For the second he was sentenced to six years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. The sentences are to run concurrently. 

     

  • Gina Lee Steen of 210 Apanoug Road in Kosiusko pleaded guilty to one count sale of cocaine. Steen was sentenced to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. 

     

  • Travis L. Weatherspoon of 68 Farmers Market Road in Crawford pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to four years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. 

     

  • April Murphy of 19 Shrinewood Street in Columbus pleaded guilty to one count possession of precursors. She was sentenced to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

     

  • Roosevelt Porter of 1203 4th St. S. in Columbus pleaded guilty to one count aggravated assault. He was sentenced to five years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $6,143.82 fine. 

     

  • Roosevelt Porter of 1365 Concord Road in Columbus pleaded guilty to robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. 

     

  • Demetrius Glenn of 4180 Highway 373 in Columbus pleaded guilty to one count sale of marijuana. He was sentenced to three years non-adjudicated probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. 

     

  • Tony McCullough of 8249 Highway 182 East pleaded guilty to one count possession of a controlled substance, methylphenidate, more than 40 dosage units and one count possession of a controlled substance, amphetamine, more than 40 dosage units. For the first count he was sentenced to 15 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, 5 years post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. For the second count he was sentenced to 15 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. The sentences are to run concurrently. 

     

  • Royael Jones of 1101 11th Ave. S. in Columbus pleaded guilty to one count possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to two years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and two years post-release supervision. 

     

  • Randy Gunter, no address available,pleaded guilty to two counts sale of cocaine. He was sentenced to 12 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and five years post-release supervision for each count. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. The sentences are to run concurrently. 

     

  • Kevin E. Paterson of 748 State Line Road in Ethelsville, Ala., pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to four years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and four years post-release supervision. 

     

  • Alexis D. Morgan of 105 Crenshaw Drive pleaded guilty to one count possession of marijuana, one count burglary of a dwelling, one count possession of a gun by a felon and one count possession of stolen property. For the first charge, Morgan was sentenced to three years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. For the second, 15 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. For the third, he was sentenced to six years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. For the fourth, he was sentenced to six years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The sentences are to run consecutively. 

     

  • Christopher McClinton, no address available pleaded guilty to the sale of cocaine. He was sentenced to 12 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years post-release supervision and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

     

  • Lavarus Dillard, no address available, pleaded guilty to the burglary of an auto. He was sentenced to five years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and ordered to pay $865 in restitution. 

     

  • Darla Warren of 191 Crosby Road in Detroit, Ala., pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine precursors. She was sentenced to 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and five years post-release supervision. 

     

 

 

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment Mark S. Montgomery commented at 5/17/2009 7:05:00 PM:

You can bust every meth lab and meth user you can come up with and you will not even START to put a dent in the huge demand for meth. Meth addicts LOVE their meth and if you shut down the local labs then the Mexican mafia will simply increase the amount of meth it exports into the USA to meet the new demand. Methamphetamine should be legal. Mexico just legalized possession of small amounts of drugs. Switzerland reaffirmed its legal heroin system. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001. Legalizing meth would kill meth labs, meth houses and the meth mafia overnight. 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. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. 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. Mark Montgomery boboberg@nyc.rr.com

 

Article Comment julie houser commented at 5/18/2009 12:26:00 AM:

I can not understand at all how a person with meth charges, or any other drug charges can get sentenced to 60 years, 20 or even 10 years and someone can fondle or commit any sex offense against a child and will end up with less than a 10 year sentence. I believe that if a judge can sentence you to say 60 years for a meth conviction, with no possibility of an early release (60 yrs. flat), why not sentence him to death (lethal injection)? Why should the state have to pay to house him, feed him, medical expenses, or consider what this will cost his family. I much rather trust a person that used illegal drugs than a person that has molested, fondled, ect. children. I will never see the logic in a man that gets 60 yrs. for meth and a prominent bussiness man that fondles a child not once but twice receive only 2 years. Taking drug offenders and throwing them away is not the answer, allthough throwing away a very sick person that would mess with a child sounds more sensible to me. Should a drug offender not be given the choice to life in prison without parole or death penalty?

 

Article Comment only in mississippi commented at 5/18/2009 12:28:00 PM:

i agree people with drug habits should be sent to a rehab clinic not 10 to 15 years in jail that will make a person more prone to get back on drugs when they be released.Columbus is a sick place to live unless you have money, or you a judge, lawyer, or police officer. because i see some cops smoke weed themeselves drink beer to the maximum and these so called judges and lawyers cheating on their wives and paying for sex and doing drugs. Makes me want to join the force so i can sit on my ass and let people do what they want and i do what i please also long as i;m not bothering anyone.

 

Article Comment only in mississippi commented at 5/18/2009 12:37:00 PM:

what is columbus coming to it use to be were you can chill out and relax now all you see is police looking for trouble instead of drug dealers looking for trouble i get pulled over all the time and they ask me the same questions have you been drinking and can i search your car and were i'm going!! it usually be that i don't have a seat belt on the reason they say they stop me or it could be not using my signal. Some columbus police officers are nice and want to help you but some are pissed off they wasn't the popular kids at school or maybe they were the kids always getting picked on so they abuse their authority but what comes around goes around that sense of pride and respect only lasts 12 hours then they get off then walk around in regular cloths with their gun sticking out so people know who they are and sometimes they wear their badge around even when they're not at work not all cops are like this you have your good ones but the bad one's who this describes you know who you are and

 

Article Comment only in mississippi commented at 5/18/2009 12:40:00 PM:

and you should feel bad how you sleep at night i will pray for people like this you don't have to arrest people for everything sometimes when you let people go with a warning they will straighten up most of the time so have a heart

 

Article Comment you are right commented at 5/18/2009 2:22:00 PM:

You are so right "Only in Miss" Our police officers on the whole are so corrupt. Look at those 4 and what fools they acted like in Vicksburg. Sounds like they were a little "high" themselves. Our judicial system is the pits and most of the judges now a days are living high and mighty from the payoffs they are getting. Even for child support cases, judges are getting something under the table to make cases go a certain way. You judges know who you are. Its pretty sad that our country has come to this and we are losing our freedoms right and left daily.

 

Article Comment YY commented at 10/17/2009 8:58:00 PM:

I saw lots of my favorite movie stars wearing tiffany & co, so I'd love to have one too.

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I get my discount tiffany jewelry repaired at a local jewelry stores cost about 20 dollars, it's not that expensive.

 

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