2014 Newsletter

Message from District Attorney Michael Guest

Promises Made. Promises Kept.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your district attorney for the past six years.  Each year we compile an annual report which outlines the accomplishments of your District Attorney’s Office.  I believe that promises made by individuals seeking public office should be kept and that is what we strive to do at the District Attorney’s Office.

Madison and Rankin Counties are our homes and it is the job of the District Attorney’s Office to keep our citizens safe.  Whether it is putting criminals behind bars or collecting bad checks we take what we do very seriously.  You deserve a District Attorney’s office that works for you to make sure that we keep our streets free from crime, that our churches are safe places to worship and our schools are safe places to educate our children.

As your District Attorney I will continued to work with law enforcement to keep the criminals off our streets and behind bars.  Law enforcement does an outstanding job of investigating the cases we prosecute and we would not be successful without the work they do.  We should be very proud of the men and women who put their lives on the line daily protecting us.

I hope you find this report to be educational on the District Attorney’s Office and that you can see our efforts on your behalf.  If you need anything at all please do not hesitate to contact us.  Also, please feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and download our new app.

Cases Closed During 2008 – 2013

Madison County: 5,499
Rankin County: 7,941
Total Cases Closed: 13,440

Major Cases closed in 2008 – 2013

Michael Brown embezzlement 30 years to serve
Rashun Johnson kidnapping 30 years to serve
Jerome Van kidnapping 30 years to serve
Robert Hillard sale of cocaine 30 years to serve
Edward Myers armed robbery 30 years to serve
Peter Grossley armed robbery 30 years to serve
James David Medlock DUI death 30 years to serve
Paul Jones statutory rape 30 years to serve
Michael Maye statutory rape 30 years to serve
James Walker sale of methamphetamine 32 years to serve
Antonio Wallace armed robbery and kidnapping 34 years to serve
Walter Tard armed robbery 35 years to serve
Marcus Ollie manslaughter and possession of a firearm 35 years to serve
Joe Earl Cole armed robbery and possession of a firearm 35 years to serve
Lyndon Myers DUI death 35 years to serve
Howard Doyle armed robbery 37 years to serve
Craig Sallie aggravated assault and possession of a firearm 40 years to serve
Jimmy Mitchell sale of cocaine 40 years to serve
Larry Collier sale of cocaine 40 years to serve
Daniel McNair sale of cocaine 40 years to serve
Leshea McKinnis possession with intent 40 years to serve
William Harper sale of cocaine 40 years to serve
Thuan Van Tran sale of MDMA 40 years to serve
Tonya Gann DUI mayhem 40 years to serve
Bobby Allen armed robbery and accessory to murder 40 years to serve
Joseph Coates sale of MDMA 44 years to serve
Martez Harris manslaughter and drive by shooting 45 years to serve
Malcolm Weeks sexual battery 45 years to serve
Marshall Chandler kidnapping and aggravated assault 45 years to serve
Chris Stapleton sale of cocaine 50 years to serve
Jimmy Mitchell sale of cocaine 40 years to serve
Gregory Moore house burglary and automobile burglary 50 years to serve
Dennis Smith sale of Cocaine 50 years to serve
Nicholas May sale of cocaine 50 years to serve
Jimmy Mitchell sale of cocaine 50 years to serve
Casey Burgess sexual battery and aggravated assault 50 years to serve
Shaun Mays possession of cocaine and marijuana 54 years to serve
Wesley Archie sale of cocaine 60 years to serve
Dwayne Boyd sale of cocaine 60 years to serve
Dennis Beale sale of cocaine 60 years to serve
Gregory Hollins sale of cocaine 60 years to serve
Stewart Vaughn sale of cocaine 60 years to serve
Kirby Shavers kidnapping and rape 65 years to serve
Kirk Mayers aggravated assault on law enforcement 88 years to serve
Jermaine Mitchell sale of cocaine as a subsequent offender 120 years to serve
Jason Flores murder life in prison
Daniel Barber murder life in prison
Daniel Barber murder life in prison
Tyrone Vaughan murder life in prison
Anthony Perez murder life in prison
Corey Sims murder life in prison
Chandle Hobson murder life in prison
Billy Ray Corken murder life in prison
Jerry Durr murder life in prison
Joseph Reith murder life in prison
Robert Harvey Jr. murder life in prison
Greg Wilder murder life in prison
Robert McGuire murder life in prison
Mack Watts murder and aggravated assault life in prison plus 10 years
Robert Carson murder, firearm by convicted felon life in prison plus 15 years
William Tackett murder two consecutive life sentences
Phillip Earl Young felony evasion and automobile burglary as a habitual offender life without parole
Jerry Whitlock automobile burglary as a habitual offender life without parole
Jerry Whitlock automobile burglary as a habitual offender life without parole
James Skinner felony evasion as a habitual offender life without parole
Jermaine Stephenson capital murder life without parole
Shelia Ealey capital murder life without parole
Jonathan Scott Keen capital murder life without parole
Walter Burton capital murder life without parole
Carla Hughes capital murder life without parole
Clarence Jones capital murder and auto theft life without parole plus 10 years
Jermaine Tyler capital murder and auto theft life without parole plus 15 years
Cortell Rose capital murder, kidnapping, failure to register, and auto theft life without parole plus 55 years

Working to Keep Drug Money Off Our Streets

Our office continues to work with local law enforcement agencies in Madison and Rankin Counties to keep drugs off our streets by sending drug dealers to prison for the sale of illegal narcotics. In addition to criminal prosecution, we also assist law enforcement in the seizure of property or money that is used by those selling or transporting narcotics. I am pleased to announce that in 2013, we were able to work with our Sheriffs’ Departments and Police Departments to seize and forfeit more than $2,700,000. Since I have been District Attorney, a total of 364 vehicles and more than $13,500,000 has been forfeited back to our local law enforcement agencies.

Lenora’s Law

In 2013, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law a bill requiring sex offenders, who fail to comply with the requirements of the sex offender registry, to be electronically monitored. This bill was authored by Madison Senator Will Longwitz and Rankin Senator Josh Harkins. The bill was introduced after the September 2012 murder of Lenora Edhegard who was killed in her home in Brandon by a sex offender who had registered at a fictitious address in Hinds County. Lenora’s killer was convicted in 2013 and is currently serving a sentence of life without parole plus fifty five years. I want to personally thank Senators Longwitz and Harkins for their hard work in passing legislation that will protect our community from sex offenders.

The District Attorney’s Bad Check Unit

The District Attorney’s Bad Check Unit continues to assist local merchants recover funds from those who have written bad checks. The Bad Check Unit works with local law enforcement to track down and prosecute those who have stolen from our businesses. Since I have been in office, we have recovered more than $2,885,000 in bad checks and fees. In addition to assisting our merchants in the collection of these stolen funds, we also offer information through our public service programs allowing merchants to warn would-be criminals of the consequence of passing worthless checks. These materials are available free of charge to our local businesses.

District Attorney Public Service Programs

As District Attorney, I have worked with law enforcement officials in Madison and Rankin Counties to implement two major public service programs to help protect our hard working citizens and to seek help from the public in apprehending fugitives from justice. The first is a program designed to warn would-be criminals of the consequences of their crimes. We have placed information at local businesses throughout the district warning people of potential jail time if they use a weapon in the commission of a robbery or if they attempt to defraud the business by writing bad checks. The second program is the District Attorney’s Most Wanted. This program is a partnership with Sheriff Bryan Bailey, Sheriff Randy Tucker and WJTV. The Most Wanted highlights criminals who have failed to appear for court and have outstanding indictments or warrants for their arrest. Through tips called in by area viewers, law enforcement has been able to capture nearly 100 wanted felons highlighted by this program.

Experience Counts

As District Attorney, I have worked hard to assemble one of the most experienced team of prosecutors in the entire state. This team of dedicated attorneys works day in and day out to see that criminals are held responsible for their actions and victims receive the justice that they deserve. This group of attorneys has more than 225 years of experience practicing law and has almost 150 years of experience prosecuting criminals. Their dedication and years of experience in prosecuting all types of felony crime are invaluable to the citizens of Madison and Rankin Counties in our efforts to keep our communities safe.

Drug Court

We are all aware of the growing problem of drugs and alcohol abuse and the effects it has on our families and our society. As a prosecutor, I understand the need to see that not only are criminals held responsible for their actions, but also that these individuals are provided with the necessary tools to rid their lives of drugs and alcohol. In 2011, a drug court was established in Madison and Rankin Counties to help nonviolent first time offenders receive help. This program is a multi-year program that includes intense supervision, drug and alcohol testing, and drug and alcohol counseling. The program which began with three individuals is now approaching 100 participants and offers young men and women an opportunity to forever rid their lives of drugs and alcohol and to return as productive members of society.

Working to Keep You Informed

Over the years we have worked to keep the public informed of the accomplishments of your District Attorney’s Office. In addition to our website, www.daguest.com, we have now incorporated various aspects of social media in an effort to keep you better informed. Last year we added an application for your smartphone that allows you to readily receive information about your District Attorney’s Office. The application can be downloaded from our website or you can search for the application at the app store by searching “DA Michael Guest.” We hope that you will continue to want to receive information about your criminal justice system through social media by visiting us on Facebook at “DA Michael Guest” and Twitter “@DA_MichaelGuest.”

Conclusion

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you as District Attorney and for taking the time to read our annual report. You will continue to receive a report each year because we want you to see the progress that we are making in Madison and Rankin Counties. We encourage you to share this information with others so that they can see the successes of the criminal justice system. Thank you again for your support and enjoy living in Madison and Rankin Counties.