Guilty plea in Winston County death

From staff reports

The Circuit Court of Winston County completed the April/May Court calendar with multiple sentences handed down in cases from murder to theft.

Lester Triplett who was charged with the felony crime of murder pleaded guilty to the related offense of manslaughter in the death of Henry Gale. Triplett was sentenced on April 17 and received 20 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections in the death of Gale. Gale’s death in January was the first murder in Winston County in 2012. Gale was stabbed during an altercation with Triplett.

In another major case, Calvin Patrick pleaded guilty to the felony crime of statutory rape. Patrick was sentenced on May 4, receiving 25 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

In other cases in the court term: Jimmy Lee Davis pleaded guilty to cyber stalking, and received a sentence of two years and two years of post release supervision.

Vincent E. Wick was charged with two counts of sale of cocaine. Wicks plead guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine and received eight years for the first count. He also received eight years on the second count with completion of four years. Wicks will be placed on post release supervision for the remaining four years to run consecutively with count one.

William Holman pleaded guilty to uttering forgery and received ten years with five years suspended. Holman will be placed under the supervision of the MDOC with probation for five years.

Apryl M. Triplett pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with state or federally funded assistance programs and received three years, with three years suspended. Triplett will be placed under supervision of the MDOC on probation for three years and fined $6,025.

Phillip Johns pleaded guilty to burglary of a dwelling and received fifteen years with five years suspended. Johns received five years probation after time is served.

Matthew Keys pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and received ten years with five years suspended. Keys will serve five years on probation after time is served.

John Dedric Jennings pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of contraband in correctional facility and received three years. Jennings will be released upon completion of one year and post release supervision for the remaining two years.

Ergin M. Carter pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of contraband in a correctional facility and received three years. Carter will be released upon completion of one year and post release supervision for the remaining two years.

Roderick Miller a/k/a Rodger Miller pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and received ten years. Miller will be released upon completion of five years and post release supervision for the remaining five years.

Mary Tawanda Myles pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of contraband in a correctional facility and received three years. Myles will be released upon completion of one year with post release supervision for the remaining two years.

Dawlton Keys pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and received ten years with five years suspended. Keys will be placed on probation for five years after time is served.

Lynda Ward Clark pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving under the influence second offense and received one year with three hundred sixty days suspended for two years. Clark has five days to serve and a fine of $1,500.

Stanley Marshall pleaded guilty to a simple assault on a person over sixty-five or older and received five years. Marshall had two years suspended and has to serve three years and two years on probation.

Joseph Eaves a/k/a Bubba Eaves pleaded guilty to robbery and received fifteen years. Eaves has fifteen years to serve.

Gregory Keeton pleaded guilty to grand larceny and received ten years. Keeton had ten years suspended for ten years and will be on probation for five years. Keeton has to pay all court fees along with a fine of $558.00.

Dewoski Anderson pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of contraband in a correctional facility and received three years.

Hortense Wigham pleaded guilty to the exploitation of a vulnerable adult and received five years. Wigham had four years suspended for four years and will be on house arrest for one year. After Wigham completes the court orders defendant will be on probation for four years with $2,588 in fines.

Judge Joseph Loper served during the regular court term.