Pontotoc Woman Going to Prison for Forgery

September 2, 2014
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A Pontotoc woman is going to prison for forgery, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Kimberly Gilleylen, 40, of Pontotoc, appeared before Union County Circuit Court Judge Robert W. Elliott today for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of “uttering a forgery”. Judge Elliott sentenced Gilleylen to five years and she was ordered to pay $1,570 in restitution. The defendant must also pay an assessment of $1,000 to the crime victims compensation fund.

“We appreciate Judge Elliot’s sentence,” said Attorney General Hood. “Hopefully, it will deter others from taking advantage of our Greatest Generation.”

The Attorney General’s investigation showed that Gilleylen, while employed at an assisted living facility in New Albany, forged checks of two elderly residents of the facility.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and investigated by Jamie Thompson of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adults Unit.


Hinds County Resident Sentenced by Jury to Life in Prison for Depraved Heart Murder

September 2, 2014
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A Hinds County resident will spend life in prison for depraved heart murder, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Tracey Lynn Garner (formerly known as Morris Garner), age 54, of Jackson has been sentenced to life in prison by a jury before Judge Winston Kidd  this morning following  a recent verdict finding Garner guilty of depraved heart murder in  the death of Atlanta, GA resident Karima Gordon in 2012.   Garner also received five years to run concurrent for conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

The victim’s family issued a statement asking that Garner be given the maximum sentence “so that she will not be able to do this to any other person to cause such grief and undue pain on another family. Karima lost her life and the ability to see her son grow up and we lost a loving daughter, sister and friend; we will never see her again. Tracey Garner is still alive and should not be allowed to enjoy the things that we or Karima won’t, so we ask the court to render the maximum sentence possible, to send a message to everyone out there giving these illegal injections, that it is a crime and they can end up right where Tracey Garner is today. ”

Attorney General Hood extends his gratitude to the Jury for following the will of the victims family in handing down the sentence.

“We are pleased the jury weighed the evidence with the requests of Ms. Gordan’s family and delivered the maximum sentence” said Attorney General Hood.

The investigation—involving the Attorney General’s Office, the United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure–  showed that Garner, posing as a licensed nurse, injected a non-medical grade silicone into the buttocks of the victim during an illegal medical procedure at Garner’s Jackson residence, 1020 Peyton Avenue. This case was investigated by Richie McCluskey and Lee McDivitt and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley and Special Assistant Attorneys General David Linzey and Crystal Utley.

Garner still faces similar charges in the death of a Selma, Alabama resident.  The trial date in that case has not yet been set.

 


Hinds County Resident Convicted of Depraved Heart Murder

August 30, 2014

A Hinds County resident has been convicted by a jury of depraved heart murder, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

The jury trial of Tracey Lynn Garner (formerly known as Morris Garner), age 54, of Jackson concluded this evening with a verdict finding Garner guilty of depraved heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in the death of Atlanta, GA resident Karima Gordon in 2012. Judge Winston Kidd has set sentencing for Tuesday. Garner faces up to life in prison and was immediately taken into custody.

The investigation—involving the Attorney General’s Office, the United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure– showed that Morris, posing as a licensed nurse, injected a non-medical grade silicone into the buttocks of the victim during an illegal medical procedure at Garner’s Jackson residence, 1020 Peyton Avenue.

The trial lasted five days and the jury deliberation took approximately five hours.

“We felt confident that the evidence would lead to a conviction,” said Attorney General Hood. “We appreciate the jurors for their service. We hope this verdict will deliver some sense of justice for Ms. Gordan’s family.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley and Special Assistant Attorneys General David Linzey and Crystal Utley.

Garner still faces similar charges in the death of a Selma, Alabama resident. The trial date in that case has not yet been set.


Magnolia Man Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

August 28, 2014

A Pike County resident is going to prison for child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
John Matherne, 39, of Magnolia pleaded guilty before Pike County Circuit Court Judge David Strong Wednesday to one count of child exploitation. As a result, Judge Strong sentenced Matherne to 25 years with eight to serve. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund and he must register as a sex offender upon release.

The case, investigated by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, uncovered multiple images of child pornography on the defendant’s home computer.
“Judge Strong’s sentence should be a warning to others who are committing this same crime,” said Attorney General Hood.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.


Jackson Resident Going to Prison for Burglary

August 26, 2014
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A Jackson resident is going to prison for business burglary after pleading guilty to the crime, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

LeCarlo Clincy, 36, of Jackson, appeared Monday before Judge Joseph H. Loper, Jr. in Choctaw County Circuit Court and plead guilty to burglarizing Ackerman Discount Drugs in Ackerman.

Judge Loper sentenced the defendant to seven years with two and a half years suspended, four years and six months to serve,  followed by two years and six months post release supervision.

Three co-defendants are still awaiting adjudication in the same case.

This case was investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, assisted by Christopher Watkins with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit.  Prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders.

 


Picayune Resident Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

August 21, 2014
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A Picayune man is going to prison for child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Edwin Dean Pauly, 59, of Picayune, appeared before Pearl River County Circuit Court Judge Prentiss G. Harrell Tuesday for sentencing after pleading guilty in an open plea (meaning the defendant throws himself at the mercy of the court) to two counts of child exploitation August 12.  Judge Harrell sentenced Pauly to ten years, with five suspended, five to serve.  He must also register as a sex offender upon release.

The Attorney General’s investigation found Pauly in possession of multiple images of child porn.

The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit and was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Linda Davis and Brandon Ogburn.


Hinds County Resident Going to Prison for Exploitation of Vulnerable Person

August 20, 2014
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A Hinds County man is going to prison for 20 years for exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Gregory Wayne Colburn, 52, of Jackson, was sentenced Tuesday by Rankin County Circuit Court Judge William Chapman on two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable person. Colburn was convicted by a Rankin County Trial Jury on July 23, 2014. Sentencing was delayed until Tuesday. 

Colburn was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on each count with count two to run consecutive to count one, for a total of 20 years behind bars. He was ordered to pay $157,581.21 in restitution and $1,031.57 in court costs.

After Colburn was named Power of Attorney over the affairs of an elderly woman, the Attorney General’s investigation showed that Colburn enticed the victim to transfer large sums of money from her bank account to a joint bank account owned by both parties. Using the money from the joint account, Colburn purchased a $75,000 Certificate of Deposit then used the CD as collateral to purchase a tour bus for the Men of Music, a traveling religious singing group with which he was associated.  Colburn then transferred additional money from the joint bank account to an account owned solely by himself.

“We appreciate Judge Chapman for sentencing this defendant to the maximum time to serve for this crime,” said Attorney General Hood.

The case was investigated by Russell Frasier of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adults Unit and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Larry Baker and Jim Giddy.


AG Reminds Mississippians Free Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Consortium in Final Year of Service

August 19, 2014
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Attorney General Jim Hood is encouraging Mississippians facing foreclosure or in need of financial counseling to take advantage of the free services being offered by The Mississippi Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Consortium before time runs out. 

The program has been in place for two years and is currently in its last year of operation and will cease to exist June 30, 2015. 

“I created this program with the hopes of helping all Mississippians facing foreclosure, not just those directly linked to the national settlement,” said Attorney General Hood. “Now is the time for anyone needing help  to contact our program partners and explore whatever options may exist. ”

Mississippi Home Corp., a consortium partner, is planning a Housing Resource Fair on Tuesday, August 26 in Jackson at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum on Lakeland Drive, Sparkman Auditorium,  from 2-7pm.  The event will provide free legal services, overall housing counseling, pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention information from a variety of vendors.  Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are strongly encouraged.  Appointments can be made by calling the consortium hotline at 1-866-530-9572.

Anyone unable to attend the event can still call the hotline and talk with consortium partners.