By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
A man has been sentenced in Webster County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to a felony firearms charge.
Timmy Lamar Bean, 40, was indicted in December and, on Jan. 12, filed a petition to enter a plea of guilty. He actually pleaded guilty Feb. 7, when Circuit Judge George Mitchell sentenced him.
Mitchell sentenced him to seven years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections; after serving two years he is to be released and placed on five years’ probation. Bean must also pay court costs and assessments of $531.50. He will be given credit for time served.
Bean, who has a previous conviction for felony DUI, had a firearm at 384 Martin Luther Jr. Drive in Eupora on May 8. He was arrested after witnesses said he accidentally discharged a pistol and shot his brother in the leg, according to the Eupora Police Department.
In an unrelated Circuit Court case, Mitchell has ordered a mental evaluation for a man charged with aggravated DUI.
Thomas Lynn Medders, 65, was indicted in December on that charge in connection with the death of Butch Waddell. He was a passenger in a car driven by Medders that crashed on Old Walthall Road on May 13. Waddell, 34, died from his injuries 11 days later.
Medders, who was already being held in the Webster County Jail when arraigned Dec. 20, pleaded not guilty and his Circuit Court bond was set at $5,000. Public Defender Stephanie Mallette subsequently filed a motion for determination of his mental competency to stand trial.
Mitchell, on Jan. 31, approved an order for mental evaluation and treatment, which was also signed by Mallette and Assistant District Attorney Michael Howe. The judge ordered that Medders be transferred to the Forensic Services Unit of the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield to undergo a mental evaluation solely to determine his present competence and ability to assist in his defense. He is to be transported back to Webster County afterwards. Medders remained in jail as of Friday.
Correction: A sentence in the Feb. 8 article “Judgments issued in Circuit Court” should have read, “According to the aggravated domestic violence indictment, Mitchell strangled Bridgett Jackson on Oct. 6 at a house on Highway 9,” referring to Daniel Mitchell, who pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic violence in Webster County Circuit Court on Jan. 17. The sentence incorrectly referred to him as “Judge Mitchell.” The mistake was inadvertently made during “search-and-replace” editing. We apologize for the error.