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STARKVILLE -- The second day of the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court term resulted in a number of drug convictions and sentences Tuesday.



  • Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Ricky Chandler to 10 years in the MDOC for possession of cocaine greater than 30 grams with intent to distribute, and 12 years for the sale of cocaine, which is to run consecutive to the possession sentence. Chandler also faces five years of post-release supervision and a $5,000 fine.  


  • David Lee Crowe was sentenced to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the manufacture of methamphetamine, though Kitchens suspended 10 years of the sentence. The 10-year sentence is to run concurrent with a five-year sentence Kitchens issued to Crowe for one count of conspiracy to manufacture meth. Crowe also faces a $5,000 fine and five years of post-release supervision.  


  • Michael Cunningham was sentenced to eight years in the MDOC for sale of Alprazolam, though the sentence was suspended and Cunningham received five years of probation. As a condition of the probation, Cunningham must spend six months in Oktibbeha County Jail. He also received a $500 fine and must pay $250 in restitution. 


  • Kelly Bokros pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, but Kitchens did not accept the plea and ordered Bokros to be put on probation for five years. Bokros also must pay a $250 fine.




Violent offenders 


Kitchens and Judge Lee Howard also issued sentences to a handful of violent offenders.



  • Howard sentenced Xavier Prater and Marcus Rowan to seven years each for armed robbery, plus $750 fines and five years of post-release supervision. Both Rowan and Prater also must pay $1,036.42 in restitution. 


  • Kitchens sentenced Sylvester Shed to 10 years in the MDOC for aggravated assault, but suspended nine years. Shed was on post-release supervision for felony DUI and now must serve four years for violating terms of the post-release supervision. He also faces an additional five years of post-release supervision and a $250 fine. 


  • Howard sentenced Telesia Jones to one year of house arrest for embezzlement and Jones must pay $16,237.11 in restitution. If Jones completes the house arrest program successfully, she faces four years of probation. If not, she faces five years in the MDOC.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment pickle commented at 4/22/2010 11:17:00 AM:

Seven years for armed robbery, ten years for possession of a controlled substance. Do judges and legislators think this stuff through, or are they so focused on the "war on drugs" that they're blinded to the role that they have been elected/appointed to serve?


Article Comment Courtwatcher commented at 4/22/2010 9:37:00 PM:


The armed robbers will serve all serve years of their sentence in other words "seven years means seven years." The possession of a controlled substance will in all likelihood serve one year or less on the drug charge.


Article Comment victim commented at 4/23/2010 11:01:00 AM:

pickle... what you probably don't know is those that have these drug charges usually commit way more crimes that they don't get caught or punished for.... and then they get off spending way less than half of the time they are sentenced get out and do it again....


Article Comment pickle commented at 4/23/2010 11:42:00 AM:

So now we're punishing people for crimes that we figure they probably committed?


Article Comment war on your own people commented at 4/23/2010 1:51:00 PM:

convicted felon on probation, guilty of AGGRAVATED assault gets one year. the armed robbers get seven years(and no "coutwatcher" they won't serve the full seven years)and they give the tougher sentences to the drug offenders, even though rehab would be cheaper and more worthwhile to society, they'll definatly be hardened criminals when they get out. no good can come out of a war on your own citizens.


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