Spring 2013 E-Newsletter

A MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL GUEST

Once again I want to thank you, the voters of Madison and Rankin counties, for the opportunity to serve you as District Attorney. It has been an honor and privilege to represent the citizens of the Twentieth Judicial District as we work together with law enforcement officials throughout the District to see that justice is served and that the residents of Madison and Rankin counties are provided with safe communities in which to live and raise a family. As we partner with local officials to fight crime, we continue to work to increase the number of convictions through both pleas of guilty and jury trials.

As I enter my sixth year in office, I pledge to you to continue our fight against crime. My office is committed to seeing that criminals will be punished for the crimes they commit. We will continue to see that cases move quickly through the criminal justice system and that the sentences imposed act as a deterrent to others. This will serve as a message to would-be criminals to stay out of Madison and Rankin counties.

I believe that public servants should report their accomplishments to the voters who placed them in office. As your District Attorney, I want to share the information inside as a testimony to the work we have done since being elected in 2008. I am proud of all we have accomplished, and I want you to rest assured that my staff and I will continue working with our local law enforcement and Judges to serve the citizens of Madison and Rankin counties.

TOTAL CASES CLOSED DURING 2008 – 2012

Madison County: 5,108
Rankin County: 7,135
Total: 12,243

MAJOR CASES CLOSED DURING 2008 – 2012

Rashun Johnson • kidnapping • 30 Years to Serve
Jerome Van • kidnapping • 30 Years to Serve
Robert Hillard • sale of cocaine • 30 Years to Serve
Tommy McCrory • sexual battery • 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
Walter Tard • armed robbery • 35 Years to Serve
Marcus Ollie • manslaughter and possession of a firearm • 35 Years to Serve
Joe Earl Cole • sexual battery • 35 Years to Serve
Lyndon Myers • armed robbery and possession of a firearm • 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
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
Martez Harr is • 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
Nicholas May • sale of cocaine • 50 Years to Serve
Jimmy Mitchell • sale of cocaine • 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
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
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
Jerr y 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
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
James Skinner • felony evasion as a habitual offender • Life without Parole
Jerm aine Stephenson • 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

For information on additional major cases closed, please visit http://www.daguest.com/ and visit the community news section.

REMEMBERING THE SACRIFICE OF MIKE WALTER

May 2013 marks the anniversary of the death of Investigator Mike Walter of the Pearl Police Department. Investigator Walter was shot and killed in the line of duty as he and other officers attempted to execute a warrant on a suspect wanted for the sexual assault of a child. As police were attempting to take this violent criminal into custody, the suspect pulled a weapon and opened fire on the officers. Investigator Walter was shot multiple times and passed away as a result of his injuries. Mike was a devoted husband and father, and his sacrifice will not be forgotten. Mike Walter end of watch May 1, 2012.

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 2012 we worked with our Sheriffs’ Departments, Police Departments and the Mississippi Highway Patrol to seize and forfeit more than $2,750,000. Since I have been in office, a total of 262 vehicles and more than $10,750,000 has been forfeited back to our local law enforcement agencies.

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 has worked diligently to track down and prosecute those who have stolen from our businesses. Since I have been in office, we have recovered more than $2,600,000 in bad checks and fees. 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

The District Attorney’s Office has been actively involved in two major public service programs, and we are extremely proud of their success. The first is a campaign 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 WJTV that 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, we have been able to capture more than 75 wanted felons highlighted on this program.

PARTNERING TO PREVENT AUTO BURGLARY

In the summer of 2012, the District Attorney’s Office collaborated with Sheriff Bryan Bailey of Rankin County and Sheriff Randy Tucker of Madison County to make the public aware of the threat of automobile burglary. This public service program was designed to not only raise awareness, but also offer tips to keep our vehicles safe. These simple tips can greatly reduce the number of burglaries in our communities. I cannot thank Sheriff Bailey and Sheriff Tucker enough for their leadership and service to our counties, and I look forward to working with them on future awareness programs.

JURY SERVICE – MAKE A DIFFERENCE

I want to remind all of you about the importance of serving on a jury. Jury service is one of the highest duties of citizenship, and it is an essential element of our democratic society. This service is an important civic responsibility and provides an opportunity for citizens to learn more about our justice system and how it works. Our criminal justice system will remain successful with your willingness to serve and your commitment to make sure that our community is a place where justice prevails.

WORKING TO KEEP YOU INFORMED

Over the years we have worked diligently to keep the public informed of the accomplishments of your District Attorney’s Office. I am pleased to announce that we have recently added an application for your smartphone. We hope that with this application, you will readily receive information about your District Attorney’s Office. The application can be downloaded from our website or can be found at the app store by searching “DA Michael Guest.” You can also continue to receive information about the District Attorney’s Office from our Website and on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your District Attorney. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can ever be of any assistance. I promise to build on our previous accomplishments and continue to ensure that Madison and Rankin counties remain outstanding places in which to live and raise our families.

Please do not hesitate to contact my staff or me if we can ever be of any assistance.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY MICHAEL GUEST’S OFFICES

Madison County
3390 North Liberty Street, Suite B
Canton, Mississippi 39046
Phone (601) 859-7838 • Fax (601) 859-8880

Rankin County
215 East Government Street, 2nd Floor
Rankin County Justice Center
Brandon, Mississippi 39042
Phone (601) 825-1472 • Fax (601) 825-9605

Bad Check Unit
Post Office Box 1373
Brandon, Mississippi 39043
Phone (601) 825-9367

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