Man gets 30 years for manslaughter

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — A man has received a 30-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a double shooting in Eupora that resulted in one death.

Gerry Bernard Robinson, 44, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault June 26 in Webster County Circuit Court. The former charge was reduced from murder.

Circuit Judge Joey Loper sentenced Robinson to 20 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections on each charge, but suspended 10 years of the aggravated assault sentence for five years.

The remaining 10 years must be served consecutively to the manslaughter sentence, for a total term of 30 years

Robinson shot Carl Davis Patterson and ex-girlfriend Antoinette Gill Roby on Sept. 13 outside a house on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Churchill. Patterson, 55, died Sept. 25 while Roby, then 46, survived. Both were shot with a 9mm handgun.

Robinson’s court file listed his address as an apartment in Westwood Park but he was from Kilmichael, police said at the time of the shooting

Other Pleas Also last week, a Eupora man pleaded guilty to two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes.

Robert Lynn “Bob” Watson, 74, of 3420 MS Highway 9 pleaded guilty to the charges on June 25. Court records identified the victims as two females under the age of 16 and state the offenses occurred between 1996-98 and 2010-11.

Loper sentenced Watson to serve 15 years with the MDOC on the first count. However, he suspended nine years for five years, with the remaining six years to serve. Watson was also fined $1,000.

He received the same sentence on the second count, but it will run at the same time as the first sentence and that fine was suspended. Loper ordered that Watson, upon release, be placed on probation for five years and register as a sex offender.

Kody Blake Hamilton 24, of Duck Hill pleaded guilty June 26 to felony driving under the influence.

Loper sentenced him to serve five years with the MDOC, with four suspended for five years and the remaining one year to serve. Upon release he will be placed on probation for four years and must complete long-term alcohol and drug rehabilitation while incarcerated. He was also fined $2,000.

Probation Revocations Circuit Court records also show that, since May, judges have revoked the probations of three convicted felons who must now serve prison sentences that had been suspended.

The probations and suspended sentences were revoked after MDOC field officers filed affidavits of violation of post-release supervision against those listed; all had pleaded guilty to their felony charges.

On May 9, Circuit Judge Clarence E. Morgan III revoked the probation and suspended sentence of John Jason Lee, 43, of 2560 LaGrange Road. He pleaded guilty Jan. 13 to motor vehicle theft for stealing a 2001 Tahoe from Kristen Rowe of Tomnolen in May 2011. He received a sentence of nine years and 80 days with nine years suspended and five years’ probation.

Lee must now serve nine years in the custody of the MDOC. The revocation order states he violated his probation by being indicted by a Clay County grand jury on April 5 for burglary and larceny of an automobile. He was also arrested by the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department on April 26 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additionally, court records state he was in the company of and associated with a convicted felon, and tested positive for use of cocaine and marijuana on April 23.

Loper, on June 1, revoked the probation and suspended sentence that Derrick Orlandus Pratt received in June 2003 for armed robbery. Pratt, 34, robbed Antoine Robinson on Aug. 29, 2002, while armed with a pistol.

Pratt received a 13-year sentence with five years suspended after completion of eight years and was placed on probation for five years.

He violated his probation, according to court records, by being arrested for disorderly conduct on Feb. 29 and for two counts of sale of crack cocaine on May 29, both times in Houston.

Additionally, the violation affidavit stated he has not obtained any permanent employment since being placed on supervision, tested positive for the presence of marijuana on May 8, owes MDOC $100 in monthly supervision fees, and owes Calhoun County Circuit Court nearly $4,000 and Webster County Circuit Court $250 in court costs.

Loper ordered Pratt to serve five years and complete long-term alcohol and drug treatment offered by MDOC.

On June 13, Loper revoked the probation and suspended sentence of Bennie Jennings, 50, of 5133 MS Highway 9. He pleaded guilty in June 2011 to grand larceny, for which he was sentenced to serve nine years and 30 days in the custody of MDOC. The sentence was suspended and he was placed supervised probation for that period.

He violated his probation, Loper’s revocation order shows, by being arrested and convicted on three counts of petit larceny in Choctaw County and Eupora since February.

Additionally, he had not reported in person to MDOC since Feb. 16, owes $495 in probation supervision fees and $4,120 in court fees in restitution. He also tested positive for the use of cocaine on June 7.

Loper ordered Jennings to serve nine years and complete long-term alcohol and drug treatment offered by MDOC. He must also pay restitution of $1,500 to Robert Pogue, $1,700 to Lee Lamb and $500 to Bill Dean. Jennings and two others were convicted of stealing farm equipment from them on Nov. 19, 2010.