Court finds one guilty, one innocent after Lumberton argument

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) A court in Lamar County has passed judgment on two Lumberton men following an argument earlier this year which got nasty in a public meeting.

Robert Holder was found guilty of disturbing a public hearing and Kent Cryder found not guilty of intimidation before Judge Bill Anderson. Holder was ordered to 30 days in jail and to pay a $100 fine. He was also barred from ever attending another public meeting in Lumberton.

The charges were filed by each man against the other following a September 6 board of Alderman meeting in Lumberton where Holder demanded Cryder stop disrespecting his wife. After an argument, Cryder told Holder he would meet him outside.

Holder's wife, Lumberton mayor Miriam Holder, surrendered to Lamar County authorities in September on charges of obstruction of justice and was released on $1,000 bond. Lumberton police arrested three people for robbing a drug store, including the mayor's 18-year-old nephew. Police Chief Dennis Hobson said the mayor repeatedly contacted him, demanding Jamaal Taylor's release.

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