Additional sentences handed down on guilty pleas during the recently completed term of Alcorn County Circuit Court include the following, according to court records:

James Nathan Whitten, 33, two counts of receiving stolen property – A suspended 20-year sentence on count II and a suspended 10-year sentence on count I; five years of probation; $1,000 fine; and payment of restitution of $700

Michael L. Mann, 53, possession of methamphetamine with intent – Twenty years to serve in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five years of probation and a $1,000 fine

Khyree Malik Hamer, 20, armed robbery – Suspended 30-year sentence and a $1,000 fine. In a separate indictment for robbery, Hamer was sentenced to serve seven years with five years of probation and to pay a $1,000 fine and $500 restitution. The guilty pleas were open.

Joseph Lee Mercer, 35, sexual battery – Suspended 30-year sentence with five years of probation and a $1,000 fine. He must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim. Any violations will result in the sentence becoming day-for-day.

Mercer entered an Alford plea of guilty, in which the defendant pleads guilty but maintains that he is innocent.

Timothy R. Davis, 42, possession of amphetamine – Suspended three-year sentence and a $1,000 fine. On a separate indictment for possession of a weapon by a felon, he received a sentence of four years in the house arrest program in lieu of 10 years in custody. The sentence includes five years of probation and a $1,000 fine.

Drew Steven Wilbanks, 34, grand larceny – Suspended five-year sentence with a fine of $1,000. On a separate indictment for burglary of a building, he received a suspended seven-year sentence with five years of probation and a $1,000 fine.

Justin Blake Brown, 32, burglary of a vehicle – Suspended seven-year sentence with three years of probation and a $1,000 fine. Brown entered an Alford plea in the case.

Otis Gean Farris, 41, possession of methamphetamine – Suspended three-year sentence with two years of probation and a $500 fine. On a separate indictment for possession of methamphetamine with intent, Farris received a suspended 30-year sentence with a $500 fine.

David Holloway, 38, two indictments for possession of stolen property – Suspended 10-year sentence with five years of probation and a $1,000 fine in one case and a suspended five-year sentence with a $1,000 fine in the other

Michael Anthony McCollum, possession of a weapon by a felon – Five years to serve and five year of probation with a $1,000 fine. McCollum was found guilty in a jury trial.

Editor’s note: This is a partial listing of recent pleas. Others will be published in future editions.

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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