Jury convicts man of sexual battery

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — A man received a 25-year prison sentence after Webster County jurors convicted him last week on charges of sexual battery of a child.

Jason Wesley Allred, 35, was found guilty June 20 of two counts of sexual battery of child under 14 years after a jury trial before Circuit Judge Joey Loper. Allred was indicted in May 2011 and later extradited from Texas. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in January.

Allred, according to his indictment, committed sexual battery against a female child between June 2006 and June 2009. The Progress-Times does not identify reported victims of sexually oriented crimes.

Circuit Court records show that Loper sentenced Allred to serve 25 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on each count, both to run at the same time. He must register as a sex offender upon release.

Guilty Pleas Judge Loper has also sentenced other defendants after they pleaded guilty in Webster County Circuit during the previous two weeks. All that follow were indicted either in January or on May 22, when the January grand jury was recalled.

Judgments listed are for guilty pleas recorded in the most recent Circuit Court minute book from June 13 through Monday morning, and do not include any defendants who pleaded guilty and were sentenced earlier this week.

Those sentences will be reported in a subsequent issue or issues following their filing in the circuit clerk’s office. The June court session began June 18 and ends Friday.

These defendants pleaded guilty on the respective dates to the charges listed, followed by their sentences with the MDOC as ordered by Loper:

JUNE 13 • State inmate Douglas Robert Smith, 24: grand larceny — 10 years, to run consecutively to a five-year sentence from Choctaw County for grand larceny.

After completing five years he will be placed on post-release supervision for the remaining five years. He must pay restitution of $1,750 to Weathers Construction Co. of Columbus (for electrical wire stolen from East Webster High School’s campus in Mathiston).

County jail records indicate that co-defendant Marlin Davis Randle, 24, was sentenced June 20, but the judgment had not been recorded in the Circuit Court minute book as of Monday.

• Thomas Adam Hyde, 25, of Maben: grand larceny — nine years and 30 days. Upon completion of 30 days, he will be placed on post-release supervision for the remaining nine years. Hyde must pay restitution of $3,600 to Glenda Ballard of Mathiston.

• Cassius Lee Bell, 40, of Ackerman: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon — 10 years. After three years he will be placed on post-release supervision for the remaining seven years. Bell was also was fined $500.

• Rosie B. Jones, 53, of Mathiston: food stamp fraud — three years. Upon completion of one day, she was to be placed on post-release supervision for the remaining two years, 11 months and 29 days.

Jones was also fined $1,000, which was suspended, and ordered to pay restitution of $7,054 to Webster County Department of Human Services. She is permanently disqualified from receiving any further welfare benefits. Her sentence will run consecutively to any other sentence.

JUNE 18 • Casey Alexander Dean, 19, of Tomnolen: sale of 30 grams or less of marijuana — three years. The sentence was suspended for three years and Dean was placed on probation for that period. He was also fined $500.

• Christie Latham Mullen, aka Christie Cross, 43, of Stewart: felony DUI — five years with four suspended for five years after serving one year. Upon release she will be placed on probation for four years. Loper also fined her $2,000 and ordered her to complete alcohol and drug treatment while incarcerated.

• State inmate R.B. “Samuel” Varner, 22: burglary of a dwelling — 20 years. Upon completing 10 years he will be placed on post-release supervision for the remaining 10 years. The sentence will run consecutively to a five-year sentence Varner is serving for a building burglary conviction in Montgomery County.

An habitual offender portion and Count II of the indictment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, were dismissed.

• BreUna Rashae Redd, 20, of Eupora: simple assault of a law enforcement officer — six months in the county jail, which was suspended for two years. Redd was also fined $500.

The sentence will run consecutively to any sentence previously imposed. Terms of her suspended sentence require that she attend anger management classes.

All of those sentenced must also pay court costs and assessments.