By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Two men pleaded guilty last month to felony indictments in the vacation term of Webster County Circuit Court.
Both men entered guilty pleas before Circuit Judge Joey Loper on Aug. 17 at the Choctaw County Courthouse in Ackerman.
Eikeren Koether “Ike” Hill, 40, of Eupora pleaded guilty to one count of sale of cocaine. Loper sentenced him to eight years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Upon completion of six years of the sentence, he is to be released on probation for two years.
Two other counts of sale of cocaine and the habitual offender portion of the indictment were dismissed. Hill sold cocaine in Eupora on Feb. 21, March 25 and April 18 of 2014, according to court records.
Roy Michael “Mike” Jennings, 64, of Mantee pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, which was reduced from attempted murder.
Loper sentenced him to 20 years in the custody of MDOC, with 10 years suspended for five years, and the remaining 10 to serve. Upon release, he will be placed on probation for five years.
Court records and previous information from the Webster County Sheriff’s Department gave this account of the incident involving Jennings:
On Sept. 5, 2013, neighbor George Graham took some supper to his house at 659 Hwy. 46. While they were in the kitchen, Jennings left the room, came back with a 12-gauge shotgun, placed the barrel to Graham’s neck and told him that he was going to kill him.
Graham was able to escape while Jennings held him at gunpoint and ran to his truck. While Graham was attempting to flee, Jennings shot at the vehicle. The slug went through the passenger door, and hit the console and driver’s seat, where it came to rest — “missing George Graham by centimeters.”
Hill and Jennings remained in the Webster County Jail as of Friday. In addition to a $500 fine against Hill, both men must also pay all court costs and assessments upon release from incarceration.