Former Warren County Circuit Clerk Going to Prison for Embezzlement

September 29, 2014
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A former Warren County circuit clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement while in office, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Shelly Palmertree was sentenced today after pleading guilty before Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey.

Judge Lackey sentenced Palmertree to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five to serve, five suspended per count, to run concurrently. Palmertree was ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution and must report to the MDOC for incarceration on October 15, 2014.

At the times the crimes were committed, Palmertree took $12,000 from the Warren County Circuit Clerk Criminal Account and put $7,000 into her own personal account and $5,000 into her Circuit Clerk Fee Account.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Department of Audit.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy.


Jackson Resident Going to Prison for Exploitation of Vulnerable Person

September 18, 2014
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A Jackson resident is going to prison for exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Anttrannica Hardy, 25, pled guilty Monday before Judge Lamar Pickard in Copiah County Circuit Court to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person .   Hardy was sentenced to three years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with two years suspended, one to serve followed by two years of supervised probation.  Hardy was also ordered to pay a $400 fine, $500 to the crime victims compensation fund,  investigative costs and full restitution in the amount of $2,691.

The crime occurred while Hardy was employed as  CNA at Pleasant Hill Community Living Center in Jackson.  The Attorney General’s investigation showed that Hardy obtained the debit card of a resident of the facility and used the card without the victim’s permission to make purchase in Hinds and Copiah counties between May 6 and June 21, 2013.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.


Ellisville Resident Going to Prison For Stealing Credit Cards from Vulnerable Person

September 17, 2014
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An Ellisville man is going to prison for taking and using the credit cards of a vulnerable person residing at the care facility where he worked, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Javoske Antwain Marsh, 24, of Ellisville, pleaded guilty Tuesday– before Circuit Court Judge Billy Joe Landrum in Jones County– to two counts felonious use of a credit card to obtain goods and services and one count attempted use of a credit card to obtain goods and services.

Marsh was sentenced to five years with four suspended and one to serve on all counts. The sentences are to run concurrently (meaning he will spend one year behind bars). Marsh was also ordered to serve two years post release supervision during which time he is to pay restitution in the amount of $1,750.72, pay $350 in court costs, $1,000 to Crime Victim’ Fund, $250 for investigative costs, $1,000 for the use of the public defender’s office, $55 a month for post release supervision fee and participate in the 18th Circuit Court Community Service Program.

At the time the crimes were committed, Marsh worked at Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living in Ellisville.  The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that Marsh took the VISA and Regions Bank Card of a resident of the facility and ran up charges in excess of $1,700.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.


Horn Lake Man Arrested for Child Exploitation

September 11, 2014
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A DeSoto County man has been arrested and charged with child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Kenath Dwayne Peal, 55, of Horn Lake, was arrested Tuesday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and charged with one count of child exploitation. Peal was booked into the DeSoto County jail.  Bond has not yet been set.

Peal faces up to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) and is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.


Ridgeland Resident Arrested for Child Exploitation

September 5, 2014
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A Ridgeland resident is behind bars and facing charges of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

David Stough, 44, of Ridgeland was arrested at his home Thursday by investigators of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance of investigators with the Ridgeland Police Department, an ICAC Task Force Affiliate.  Stough is charged with one count of child exploitation for allegedly being in possession of child porn.

Stough was booked into the Ridgeland jail with no bond pending an initial appearance in Ridgeland City Court.  If convicted, he faces up to 40 years behind bars.

As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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.