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Mississippi woman convicted of tax crimes is out prison

A Mississippi woman convicted of tax crimes is out of federal prison. The Hattiesburg American reports 64-year-old Linda Bolton was released July 3 from a medium-security facility in Aliceville, Alabama. She was convicted in September 2016 of five counts of filing a false tax report and found not guilty on a tax evasion charge. The jury could not agree on ...

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Former deputy accused of sexually abusing female inmate

A former deputy sheriff has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a female Mississippi inmate four times in 2016. Charles Johnson, a 43-year-old Magee man, was indicted last week in federal court on four counts of depriving someone of their civil rights. The indictment says Johnson, then a Smith County deputy, abused the same woman four times from ...

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Kidnapped girl found, Mississippi man arrested in Alabama

A south Mississippi man has been arrested in Alabama after officials say he kidnapped his 6-year-old niece. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel tells local news outlets that 28-year-old Jared Slade was arrested in Birmingham on Thursday, apparently sleeping on the side of the road. The girl was discovered walking around the neighborhood and Rigel says her guardian will pick her ...

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Memphis police appeal for calm after marshals kill black man

Police appealed for calm Thursday in a tense Memphis neighborhood where a rock-throwing crowd gathered after federal marshals fatally shot a black man who, authorities said, had rammed a police vehicle with a stolen car. Thirty-six officers suffered minor injuries from flying rocks and bricks in the hours following the death of 20-year-old Brandon Webber, who was killed Wednesday evening ...

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2 state workers suspended in wake of deadly child abuse case

Two Mississippi state workers have been suspended over the death of a 4-year-old girl and the severe injuring of her sister. News outlets report a Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services supervisor and frontline investigator were put on leave Tuesday. Police say 4-year-old Armani Hill and 3-year-old Lailah Hill were severely abused and hospitalized on June 5. Armani died of ...

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Former Mississippi prison guard accused of kicking inmate

A former Mississippi prison guard has been charged with depriving a prisoner of his rights by allegedly kicking and striking him. An indictment filed Wednesday in federal court in Jackson says Sharalyn McClain and others assaulted the prisoner on or about May 25, 2016, at a prison in Rankin County. It says McClain used “a dangerous weapon,” a foot with ...

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Mississippi police accused of planting evidence, beating man

Several Greenwood, Mississippi, police officers are accused of beating a man, repeatedly shocking him with a stun gun and planting evidence to create a reason for his arrest. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports 28-year-old Gianni Williams is suing police Chief Ray Moore and two officers over his January arrest, saying they violated his constitutional rights. Gianni Williams says one of the ...

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Police: Woman shoots man, takes him on a drive as he dies

Police say a Mississippi woman shot a man, put him in her vehicle and drove at least an hour before taking him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Gulfport police have charged 20-year-old Breanna McClendon of Hattiesburg with second-degree murder. They say she arrived at a Gulfport gas station Sunday morning with an unnamed man, got into a ...

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Mayor says he’ll personally pay for criminals to leave town

The mayor of one Mississippi Delta city says he’s willing to spend up to $10,000 of his own money to pay criminals to move out of town. Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy said Monday that if lawbreakers don’t think they can turn their life around there, he’ll pay for them to move elsewhere. Espy says that’s just part of his plan ...

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Analysis: Courts still face questions on life for juveniles

One man sentenced to life in prison without parole as a juvenile will get a shot at a new sentence, but larger changes to how Mississippi courts are handling such cases appear unlikely for now. That’s the upshot of two recent court decisions, as legal fights continue after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that juveniles can’t automatically be sentenced ...

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