By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Numerous sentences were handed down during the most recent two-week term of Webster County Circuit Court.
Circuit Judge Clarence Morgan III presided during the term that ran from Jan. 12-23 at the Choctaw County Courthouse in Ackerman. No criminal cases were presented to the newly empaneled grand jury, according to the circuit clerk’s office. One civil trial was held.
Morgan issued judgments against these offenders on the indictments for which they were previously arraigned. All pleaded guilty and were sentenced (unless non-adjudicated) on the dates listed with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Those receiving sentences must also pay court costs, fees, assessments and, when applicable, restitution:
• Norman Thomas James, 52, felony possession of methamphetamine: four years with three years’ probation after serving one year, and driving privileges suspended for six months.
• James F. Haguewood, 29, grand larceny: six years and one day, with five years’ probation after serving one year and one day. Morgan also ordered him to pay restitution of $7,500 to Sly Inc. of Mathiston.
• Robert Austin Clark, 28, burglary of a building other than a dwelling: seven years with five years’ probation after serving two years. The sentence is to run consecutive to a 10-year sentence Clark is serving for uttering forgery.
• Ronald L. Welch Jr., 28, felony driving under the influence: five years with four years suspended for five years and one year to serve, plus a $2,000 fine. Upon release from the Intensive Supervised Program he will be placed on four years’ probation.
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• Bryan Dale James, 33, transfer of 30 grams or less of marijuana (reduced from sale of 30 grams or less of marijuana upon motion by the state): three years suspended and placed on three years’ probation, and driving privileges suspended for six months.
Webster County Jail records show that an MDOC officer arrested James on Feb. 5 for contempt of court-failure to pay.
• Havon Patterson, 30, sale of cocaine: eight years with two years’ probation after serving six years, and driving privileges suspended for six months.
Upon motion by the state, a second count charging Patterson with sale of 30 grams or less of marijuana and the habitual offender portion of the indictment were dismissed.
• Huey Lee Yates, 32, sale of cocaine and sale of methamphetamine: Morgan issued an order of non-adjudication, noting that Yates had no previous felony conviction, and did not accept his guilty plea at this time.
The judge placed Yates in the 5th Circuit Court District Drug Court Intervention/Treatment Program for a period not to exceed five years. Morgan withheld sentencing pending completion of various terms and conditions, including the drug program and any other treatment programs that Drug Court personnel find would be beneficial.
• William Timito Jennings, 41, felony driving under the influence: five years with three years’ probation after serving two years, plus a $2,000 fine.
• Dustin Sheffield Byars, 22, burglary of a building other than a dwelling: Morgan granted a petition for non-adjudication, deferring further proceedings until Jan. 19, 2017, and withholding acceptance of the guilty plea.
The judge placed Byars on probation until that date, and ordered him to pay a $500 fine, court costs, fees and assessments. Byars and Clark were indicted for the same burglary, which occurred last August on Cadaretta Road.
The grand jury will be recalled May 19.