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Former Starkville official’s son guilty of cocaine charge


Tim Pratt


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STARKVILLE -- The son of a former Starkville Board of Aldermen member was sentenced today in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court for a drug violation that dates back more than two years.  


Michael Self, son of former Ward 7 Alderwoman Janette Self, pleaded guilty Monday to the sale or transfer of cocaine.  


He was sentenced to 15 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections system, plus five years of post-release supervision and a $5,000 fine. Self also will take part in a long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation program while in prison. 


He faced a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections system and a $5,000 to $1 million fine, Judge Lee Howard said Monday. 


The charges against Self, 51, stem from an incident on June 2, 2007, when he met with a confidential informant in the area of the Brooksville Gardens housing complex, Assistant District Attorney Charlie Hedgepeth said. The informant was working with the Starkville Police Department at the time, Hedgepeth said.  


The informant gave Self $40, then Self left the area and returned with .37 grams of cocaine, Hedgepeth said. Unbeknownst to Self, the informant was wearing a hidden camera, which recorded the entire transaction. Self was arrested shortly thereafter. 


Monday wasn''t the first time Self has been in trouble with the law. He has one prior conviction for forgery and another for the sale or transfer of a controlled substance.  


Judge Howard on Monday warned Self he would be drug tested this morning before sentencing and advised him not to show up with any narcotics in his system.  


"It might affect what sentence you get," Howard said.  


Janette Self, who lost in her bid for re-election this spring to Henry Vaughn Sr., had no comment when contacted Monday evening.  


In other court business, a Massachusetts man was sentenced to a combined two years in the MDOC system for selling adderall and stanozolol, a steroid, over a month-long period in 2007.  


Brian Austin Jr., 28, of Stoneham, Mass., pleaded guilty in October 2008, but was sentenced Monday to five years for selling 10 adderall pills and five years for selling 16 ml of liquid stanozolol. Judge Howard suspended all but one year for each sentence, plus gave Austin a $5,000 fine and five years of post-release supervision.




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Article Comment Debra commented at 7/28/2009 4:02:00 PM:

My prayers go out to Ms. Self. I know her and what a good person she is. I can't imagine what this has put her through, but I hope that she knows that she still has friends. When our children are grown, we cannot help what decisions they make.


Article Comment MB commented at 7/28/2009 4:06:00 PM:

Debra you are right. You can only teach them the way and it is up to them to make the correct choices!!


Article Comment Fred commented at 7/28/2009 5:29:00 PM:

How does this fall under the "news" category?


Article Comment janice commented at 7/28/2009 8:54:00 PM:

I know ms. self she is a God fearing woman. She and I attends the same church and I know that this entire matter is very disturbing for her, and I also know that something positive is going to come from this because it aint over until God say its over.


Article Comment vc commented at 7/29/2009 5:59:00 PM:

Micheal did not make a good decission, but how can a person be sentence more time for selling less than a gram of cocaine, than he would have if had killed the imformant. Yes, Mrs. Self is a very good person,she and Coach Self taught all of their children to make good choices. Micheal's decissions aren't a reflection of his mother. Why did the paper even mention his mother? Mrs. Self stay strong in your faith, because if God brings us to it He will bring us through it.


Article Comment observer commented at 7/29/2009 10:33:00 PM:

15 year sentence is about average. he won't serve but about 3 and half years of that if he serves that much. under the 25% guide line that's about it.


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