News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Woman hired as private sitter
A Tupelo woman has been ordered to serve a year in prison for exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Attorney General Jim Hood says Lucy Judon, 55, of Tupelo pleaded guilty at a hearing on Friday.
Judon was accused of taking over $22,000 from a 92-year-old woman she worked for as a private-sitter. She is also accused of opening credit card accounts in the woman’s name and making nearly $3,000 in charges.
Judon was ordered to serve one-year in prison and five years probation.
Hood says she has repaid nearly $15,000 and has until May 15 to repay the remaining cash.
She must also pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund.
Man sentenced in DUI case
Austin Tyler Poole has pleaded guilty to six counts of aggravated DUI involving a May of 2012 accident that left one man dead and six injured.
The Starkville Daily News reports that Poole will serve 20 years in prison.
Poole was sentenced to 25 years with five years suspended on one count. Poole was sentenced to five years on each of the other counts to run concurrent with the first count.
Authorities said 19-year-old Treasure K. Huffman was pronounced dead at the scene after Poole’s SUV crashed on a county road.
Authorities say others in the car told investigators that the group had been drinking before deciding to go for a ride and the group got Poole to drive rather than Huffman, who was a designated driver.
Man gets 40 years after child’s femur broken
A Gulfport man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for abusing a 2-year-old girl while he was her caregiver.
Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced Daniel Wayne Byers on Thursday after a Harrison County jury found him guilty on two counts of felony child abuse.
District Attorney Joel Smith tells The Sun Herald the jury in the three-day trial deliberated less than two hours before reaching its verdicts.
Smith said Byers had taken the girl to Garden Park Medical Center on Sept. 4, 2011, because she was in severe pain. The girl was diagnosed with a fractured femur and had bruises and scrapes on her head, neck, chest and back side of her body. The femur, or thighbone, is the longest, largest, strongest bone in the human body.
Smith said Byers told authorities the child had fallen out of her bed.
Comptroller named interim D’Iberville city manager
D’Iberville comptroller, Sharron Perkins, has been appointed interim city manager during a special City Council meeting.
City attorney W. Fred Hornsby III asked the council if she should receive the same pay and benefits as had Michael Janus, who announced at a council meeting he was taking an unpaid leave of absence.
Councilman Teddy Harder said yes.
Perkins will also continue in her job as comptroller, overseeing the city’s financial dealings.
Mayor Rusty Quave told Perkins the city employees would work with her.
Perkins served as interim city manager in 2011, when Janus took a two-month leave of absence from the city to serve as interim chief of staff for his friend, U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, in Washington.
8th person pleads guilty in pain-pill conspiracy
An eighth person in a federal drug case has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute oxycodone in Mississippi.
The Sun Herald reports 35-year-old Milton Sylvester Cuevas III, of Long Beach, Miss., will be sentenced on May 6. He pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court.
An indictment in August charged eight suspects with a pain-pill conspiracy operating since at least 2009.
The eight were arrested in a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of a related case involving a Hudson, Fla., couple and two Gulfport residents.
The conspirators were indicted after DEA agents found 374 pain pills in the Florida couple’s hotel room in Biloxi in December 2010.