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Murder trial continued

 

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The trial of an Oktibbeha County woman charged with murder was continued until August because a witness was unavailable. 

 

Leslie Sharp was charged with murder for the shooting death of 20-year-old Christopher Cole in November 2008 near the corner of Rockhill Road and Kelly Road in northeastern Oktibbeha County. 

 

The new trial date is set for Aug. 2 at 9 a.m. in the Oktibbeha County Courthouse annex.  

 

 

 

Sentencings 

 

Sixteenth Circuit Court judges Lee Howard and Jim Kitchens issued a handful of sentences Monday and suspended a half dozen others during the first day of the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court term.

     

     

  • Howard sentenced Walter Deloach to three years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for possession of cocaine greater than 0.1 gram, but less than 2 grams, plus a $1,000 fine and five years of post-release supervision. Howard also sentenced Deloach to three years for escape and three years for simple assault on a law enforcement officer, although the simple assault sentence will run concurrent with the possession sentence.  

     

  • Howard also sentenced George Pettus, aka James Flowers, to one year in the MDOC for one count of extortion.¬†Pettus also must pay a $1,000 fine and faces five years of post-release supervision.  

     

  • Joel McDonald was sentenced to eight years in the MDOC for possession of cocaine more than 0.1 gram, but less than 2 grams, plus a $1,000 fine. Howard, however, suspended the sentence and ordered McDonald to serve five years of probation.  

     

  • Howard Williamson was sentenced to five years in the MDOC and a $500 fine for simple assault on a law enforcement officer, but Howard suspended the sentence. Williamson now faces five years of probation.  

     

  • Howard sentenced Roger Richardson to seven years in the MDOC for burglary of a business, plus a $500 fine, but suspended the sentence and ordered Richardson to serve five years of probation. 

     

  • Sherika Lucious was sentenced to 10 years in the MDOC, plus a $500 fine and was ordered to pay $260.49 in restitution for uttering forgery. Howard suspended Lucious'' sentence in lieu of five years of probation. 

     

  • Kitchens sentenced Kantrell Gardner to seven years in the MDOC for burglary of an automobile, plus a $250 fine, but suspended the sentence and ordered Gardner to be put on probation for five years. 

     

  • Howard sentenced Lamark Bell to 10 years in the MDOC, plus a $500 fine and ordered Bell to pay $2,000 in restitution. Howard suspended the sentence and ordered five years of probation for Bell. 

     

  • Howard also ordered probation for three defendants after not accepting their guilty pleas.  

     

  • Dominique Burkhalter pleaded guilty to one count of false pretense, but Howard did not accept his plea and ordered him on probation for five years. Burkhalter also must pay a $500 fine.  

     

  • Latanya Williams pleaded guilty to one count of false pretense, but Howard did not accept Williams'' plea and put her on five years of probation. She also must pay a $500 fine. 

     

  • Additionally, Chassman Phillips pleaded guilty to one count of credit card fraud, but Howard did not accept the plea and put Phillips on probation for three years. Phillips also must pay a $500 fine and $1,677.68 in restitution.
 

 

 

 

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Article Comment JustCurious commented at 4/22/2010 10:17:00 AM:

How come there is no mention here of the charges against former probation officer Tarshell Renea Herd?

 

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