Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:06 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:06:15 GMT
New details are emerging on the suspect and device found at Marion General Hospital Thursday. Columbia Police, Marion County investigators, ATF, MBI, and the highway patrol responded to a possible explosiveMore >>
Investigators from Columbia, Marion County, ATF, MBI, and the Highway patrol responded to a possible explosive device at Marion General Hospital on Thursday.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:49:53 GMT
Simpson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who walked off a work detail crew early Monday morning. According to Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis, Simpson County Adult Detention CenterMore >>
Two Simpson County inmates who walked off a work detail site Monday morning have been recaptured.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:24 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:24:53 GMT
Mississippi sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses, according to state Attorney General, Jim Hood. Hood released a document in anticipation of the law that starts July 1 withMore >>
Mississippi sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses, according to state Attorney General Jim Hood.More >>
More than two years ago, a then 19-year-old woman was attacked in her home in Oak Grove, just off of Weathersby Road in Lamar County. According to the victim's father, Fred Spence, the violent act could have ended with the death of his daughter if a neighbor wouldn't have intervened.
"Well, it has been really hard on my daughter. She had a bright future ahead of her and this attack has set her back considerably. She lost her innocence," said Spence
Spence spoke on behalf of his daughter, after her attacker 18-year-old Deshun White's sentencing Tuesday afternoon in Lamar County.
"Count one burglary and count two sexual battery," said Judge Prentiss Harrell.
Before White heard his fate, Judge Harrell gave him an chance to speak. White apologized to the victim, asked for forgiveness and spoke of a second chance.
"Thank you, Mr.White. I am confident that you are very sincere and genuine in what you've said at this moment, but unfortunately there are serious consequences for this type of behavior and a civil society can not tolerate it," said Harrell.
Judge Harrell enforced his ruling.
"Count one, burglary. I will impose a sentence on you of 25 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. I will require that you serve 10 of that, 15 will be on post release. Count two. I will impose a sentence on you of 30 years to serve with the Mississippi Department of Correction. I will require that you serve 20 of that. I will require that run consecutive with count one with a total of 30," said Judge Harrell.
District Attorney Hal Kittrell says he is pleased with the judges decision.
"It is becoming more and more common place, and unfortunately we are having our young women and co-eds facing this type of situation. We can't tolerate it. We've got to send the message you can not do this, and we think that was done today with this sentence," said Kittrell.
The victim's father says it's too late for his daughter, but hopefully this ruling will make a difference in the safety of other women.
Judge Harrell ordered White to a lifetime registration as a sex offender, and no contact with the victim.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:45:53 GMT
With the possibility of a special legislative session on Medicaid just around the corner, the head of a Jackson-based, non-partisan think tank is reiterating his opposition to expanding that program. ForestMore >>
Forest Thigpen, the president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, says expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act would be a costly mistake for Mississippi.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:32:20 GMT
The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning. The 4000-square-foot facility has five quarantine areas and a medical emergency treatmentMore >>
The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning. More >>