Brookhaven man pleads guilty to burglaries, sentenced
Ten people appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court this week before Judge Michael M. Taylor to offer pleas.
Emanuel Williams, 30, of Brookhaven was accused of walking in on a woman at her home on New Sight Drive in 2016, according to Lincoln County Circuit Court records.
Around Aug. 23, Williams allegedly entered three homes with the intent of committing burglary and burglary of an automobile.
Williams entered a plea of guilty to all four charges. He was sentenced to seven years in jail for burglary of an automobile. He was also sentenced to 10 years for each count of burglary of a dwelling. The sentences are to be served concurrently, meaning
Williams will serve 10 years in jail and have five years of post-release supervision.
Williams must also pay a $7,500 fine, $4,754.79 restitution to American Modern Insurance and court costs of $419.50.
In the first count, Williams is accused of entering a home in the 2000 block of New Sight Drive by forcing open a door.
In the second count, he’s accused of entering a home in the 600 block of Lott Smith Road by forcing open a window on the house.
In the third count, he’s accused of entering a house in the 300 block of Lott Smith Road by forcing open a door.
In the fourth count, he’s accused of breaking into a 2011 Toyota Avalon by forcing open a door.
Last year, Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said deputies were searching for someone who surprised a woman in her home Aug. 23 when he walked into her kitchen while she was in her living room.
The man was suspected in at least one burglary on Lott Smith Road and two attempted burglaries in that same area all within an hour of each other, Rushing said.
At about 11:25 a.m., deputies responded to an alarm call at a residence on Lott Smith Road. A deputy and the homeowner arrived to find a door glass broken. The owner said someone had gone through belongings but nothing appeared to be missing.
About an hour later, the female homeowner on New Sight Drive reported that a man walked into her kitchen from a side door while she was home.
“He didn’t realize she was home,” Rushing said. “He asked her if she wanted to sell her car and she said ‘no’ so he turned around and left.”
The sheriff said he ran out the door and left in a small dark car.
About 15 minutes later, a man arrived home in the 300 block of Lott Smith Road and found a rear door broken.
“The home had been entered and three guns taken,” Rushing said. One of the guns was a handgun, and the other two were either rifles or shotguns, he said.
Because the homes are all within a few miles of each other, Rushing suspected it could be the same person in all three cases.
Williams was indicted by the Lincoln County grand jury on three counts of burglary of a dwelling and one count of burglary of an automobile. After his indictment, Williams said he was unemployed and unmarried with three children and requested an attorney be appointed to him, court records show.
Williams was released on $50,000 bond Feb. 1. A bench warrant was issued Feb. 6 for Williams’ failure to appear in court. Another bench warrant for failure to appear was issued April 3.
• Jasmine Johnson was charged in February with burglary of a dwelling. She pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of malicious mischief, a misdemeanor. She was sentenced to two years of good behavior probation. She must pay a $500 fine, restitution of $650 and court costs of $260.75.
• Renita Lewis was charged with felony bad check in September 2016. She pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of misdemeanor bad check.
• Carie Cardwell was charged in March with conspiracy to commit robbery. She pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two years in jail. She was fined $2,500 plus $419.50 court costs.
• Tara Case Roberts was charged with identification fraud in March and was prosecuted by the office of the state Attorney General. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years non-adjudicated probation.
• Joshua P. Allen was charged with burglary of a dwelling and conspiracy to commit burglary in April. He pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to one year jail time for conspiracy and four years for burglary. The sentences are to be served consecutively, for a total of five years.
• Justin W. Herring was arrested in November 2016 and charged with possession of amphetamines and oxycodone. He pleaded guilty to possession of oxycodone and was sentenced to three years jail time, suspended, plus five years post-release supervision. He must also complete a drug treatment program under supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, pay a $5,000 fine and $444.50 court costs.
• Donovan Anthony Davis was charged in March with robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary and aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty to burglary of a building, and was sentenced to five years in jail. He must pay a $1,500 fine, $419.50 court costs and $103 restitution to Silver Cross Nursing Home. Davis also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, and was sentenced to five years in jail. The sentences will be served concurrently, for a total of five years to serve. He must also pay a fine of $5,000, court costs of $419.50 and full restitution to Mississippi Medicare.
• Ronald Carl Menke was charged with possession of marijuana and the manufacture of marijuana. He pleaded guilty to both, and was sentenced to five years in jail, which was suspended, plus three years in jail, which was also suspended. Menke must also pay a $6,500 fine, $300 restitution and $444.50 court costs.
• John T. Johns pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. He was sentenced to five years in jail, to be suspended upon completion of the first-year house arrest. He must also pay a $3,000 fine and $419.50 court costs.
Upcoming cases on Taylor’s docket include:
• Christopher Michael Lilly, felony child abuse; trial set for Sept. 19.
• Jamaal Brown, capital murder; trial set for Sept. 25.
Upcoming cases on Judge David Strong’s docket include:
• Todd Williamson, third offense telephone harassment; omnibus hearing set for Aug. 3.
• Edward E. Wall, sale of a counterfeit substance; formally arraigned June 8, bond reduction denied.
• Randy Allan Horton, three counts of welfare fraud; status hearing set for Aug. 3.
• Brandon Graves, failure to support minor children; status hearing set for Aug. 3.
• Kristi L. Brister, failure to support minor children; continuance issued May 4, her last continuance to be granted, per Judge Strong; trial set for Aug. 8.
• Rashan D. Smith, attempted grand larceny and aggravated domestic violence; trial set for Aug. 8.
• Rashad J. Smith, aggravated domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility and possession of a cell phone in a correctional facility; trial set for Aug. 8.
• Helen Jean Mercier, embezzlement; trial set for Aug. 8.
• Jeremy Wayne Cupstid, second degree murder; trial set for Aug. 8.