Guilty pleas during the past week in Alcorn County Circuit Court netted sentences of 24 years to serve on a drug charge for a local woman and 17 years for a man accused of shooting into a dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Defendants appeared before Judge Kelly Mims on the floor of Crossroads Arena rather than in the courtroom at the Alcorn County Courthouse because of social distancing needs if a trial were to be held.

General qualification of a jury panel had been completed Monday morning when Derrick Irons, 38, changed his mind and decided to plead guilty rather than going to trial. After Irons entered an open plea on a charge of shooting into a dwelling, Mims sentenced him to serve 10 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections along with another seven years to serve on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sentence includes a $1,000 fine.

According to the indictment, Irons fired into an occupied dwelling on May 29, 2017. The indictment lists his previous convictions as possession of a controlled substance with intent to delivery and possession of marijuana in Harrison County, Texas.

Other pleas from the week, according to court records:

Brittany Waddell, possession of methamphetamine with intent – Mims suspended six years from a 30-year sentence, leaving 24 years to serve, with a $1,000 fine. In a separate indictment, Waddell pleaded guilty to the same charge and received a suspended 30-year sentence with five years of probation consecutive to the other sentence.

Carla King, possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) – King entered an open plea and received three years in the house arrest program in lieu of 20 years in MDOC custody with two years of probation. On one count of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), King received a suspended 20-year sentence.

Braxton Dakota Morris, 25, burglary of a dwelling with intent to commit larceny – Twenty-year sentence with 15 years suspended, leaving five years to serve with five years of probation, a $1,000 fine and restitution with co-defendants of $15,504. He also pleaded guilty to the same charge in a second indictment, yielding a suspended 20-year sentence, a $1,000 fine and restitution of $1,500.

Morris also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, receiving a suspended three-year sentence and a $500 fine.

Elton Ray Pady, 53, three indictments for burglary of a building – Seven years to serve with five years of probation, a $1,000 fine on each charge and restitution totaling $3,223.24

Justin Emery Huffman, 30, two counts of sexual battery of a child under 14 – On count one, Huffman received a 20-year sentence with 10 years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve without the possibility of early release. The sentence includes five years of probation and a $1,000 fine. He must have no contact with the victim and must register as a sex offender. The second count yielded a suspended 20-year sentence.

Jerry Nance, 60, burglary of a vehicle – Seven years to serve and a $500 fine. In a separate indictment for attempted burglary of a building, Nance received another five years to serve and a $500 fine. He received suspended sentences in two other indictments for attempted burglary of a building and burglary of a building.

Michael Mann, sale of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell – Five years in the house arrest program in lieu of 30 years in MDOC custody

Cynthia Michelle Keith-Adams, 43, contributing to the delinquency of a minor – In a multiple-count indictment, Keith-Adams was sentenced to serve two years with a $1,000 fine and five years of probation.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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