From Press & Staff Reports
A number of people indicted by a grand jury have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in Webster County Circuit Court.
They include these indictees who entered pleas on the dates listed. The information reported is from Webster County Sheriff’s Department press releases, its jail docket and the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ website:
Circuit Court had its plea day June 10. Kaneshia K. Mays, 23, of Mathiston pleaded guilty to armed robbery and received a 35-year sentence, according to the sheriff’s office.
She also pleaded guilty to three counts of kidnapping, one count of felony fleeing in a motor vehicle and one count if intimidating a witness, with those sentences to run at the same time as that for armed robbery.
Mays, armed with a knife, robbed owner Joyce Hendrix at Pear Tree Corner in October 2012. Mays was arrested two days later and indicted that December for armed robbery.
She was out on bond when she went to Hendrix’s Highway 9 North home on April 3, 2013, and held her and two others at gunpoint and knifepoint. The reason for the kidnapping was an attempt to force Hendrix to drop the armed robbery charge, authorities said
From that point Mays led the Eupora Police Department, which was first on scene, the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies on a high-speed pursuit through Webster County before coming to a stop at a roadblock in Ticky Bend and giving up.
Also pleading guilty June 10 was Robert Hutchens, 20. He received a 20-year sentence for burglary of three residences, with 10 to serve. Two of the homes were located in the Cadaretta community of Webster County and the third was located in Choctaw County.
Tyler S. Miller was sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to automotive theft for stealing a gas-powered golf cart. Miller, 20, was also out on probation at the time the crime was committed.
Justin Eaton, 25, was charged with touching a child for lustful purposes and received a 10-year sentence, with three to serve.
Tony Mills, 44, of Calhoun City, who was charged with burglary of a dwelling, received a 10-year sentence. He had originally received that sentence in January 2012 for uttering forgery, with eight years suspended and two to serve.
Mills, while on probation, broke into Willie Mills Jr.’s house at 2015 Water Tank Road in Bellefontaine on Jan. 2 of this year.
Gregory Scott Coleman, 30, was charged with DUI-third offense and received a five-year sentence with one to serve.
Sheriff Tim Mitchell stated last week that he expected more guilty pleas more before the June term is over. The court term began June 17 and ends Friday, with Circuit Judge Joey Loper presiding.
Mitchell also thanked the people of Webster County for their patience, since Webster County Circuit Court is having to be held in Choctaw County. Additionally, Mitchell thanked the people and public offices of Choctaw County for the use of their courthouse until the rebuilding of Webster County’s.