Pleas keep court busy
by Chance Wright
Nov 19, 2012 | 2537 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The second week of the fall session of the Bolivar County Second Judicial District Court in Cleveland kept Judge Albert B. Smith busy accepting pleas from numerous people indicted by the grand jury.

Ralph Cain, a.k.a. Red, Mack Red and Barnell Lavell Cain, 27, of 318 N. 21st St. in Milwaukee, Wis. pled guilty to one count of auto burglary. He was arrested and charged with the June 12, 2011 burglary of a Dodge Stratus parked at 516 N. Bayou Ave. in Cleveland.

According to the court document, Cain entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to serve two years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Correction, three years of post-release supervision, restitution and a $500 fine.

Thomas Perry, 40, of 933 Pearl St. in Cleveland pled guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance – Methamphetamine. Perry was arrested and initially charged as a habitual offender on August 13, 2011.

According to the plea deal in the court documents, the state agreed to drop the habitual offender charge. He was sentenced to serve five years in custody of the MDOC, five years of post-release supervision and a $2,500 fine.

Tifferny White, 30, of 1816 Cowan Dr. in Cleveland pled guilty to one count of felony shoplifting. She was arrested and charged with the Feb. 20 theft of merchandise from the Walmart store in Cleveland. She was initially charged as a habitual offender.

As part of her plea deal, the state agreed to drop the habitual offender charge. She was sentenced to serve three years in custody of the MDOC, two years of post-release supervision, restitution and a $500 fine.

Richard Taylor, 41, of 409 Gibert Rd. in Shaw pled guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges arose from his arrest that occurred on Apr. 21.

As part of his plea deal, he was sentenced to serve two years in custody of the MDOC, three years of post-release supervision and a $500 fine.

Virgil Jones Jr., 53, of 22 Second St. in Cleveland pled guilty to one count of felony DUI and labeled a habitual offender citing two previous convictions of DUI within a five year period. He was arrested and charged of the crime after refusing a Breathalyzer on May 20.

According to the court documents, Jones has yet to be sentenced. He faces a maximum sentence of five years and a $5,000 fine and a minimum sentence of one year and a $2,000 fine.

Ladarius Bird, 23, of 1540 Arnold St. in Cleveland pled guilty to one count of grand larceny stemming from his arrest on Aug. 15.

According to the documents, Bird has yet to be sentenced. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of $10,000. There was no minimum sentence listed in the paperwork.

Alicia Haywood, 26, of 118 Morgan St. in Cleveland pled guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance – cocaine. The charge stems from her arrest on Apr. 24.

According to the court documents, she has yet to be sentenced. She faces a maximum sentence of eight years and a $50,000 fine and a minimum sentence of two years.

The court continued to hear other plea agreements on Friday but the files were not immediately made available.

The Bolivar Commercial will continue to follow the court activity until the fall session concludes on Dec. 14.