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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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Mississippi zoo faces money woes, idea of temporary closure

The city council in Mississippi’s capital city has approved $200,000 to cover the Jackson Zoo’s “depleted” budget. The funds will cover basic expenses such as payroll and animal care for August and September, until the next fiscal year begins Oct. 1, The Clarion Ledger reported . Last month, zoo employees saw steep pay cuts and its executive director said the attraction was ...

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Mississippi to reopen Delta prison to hold release violators

Mississippi’s prison system announced Friday that it will reopen the Delta Correctional Facility in Greenwood this spring, mostly to house people who violate the terms of their probation or parole.Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall says the department will consolidate what it calls technical violation centers, which are supposed to provide a low level of sanctions for a parolee, who, for example, ...

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Mississippi lawmakers mull more prison time for gang members

Long prison terms for gang members would be imposed under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House. The House Judiciary B Committee voted Friday to send House Bill 541 forward to the full House for more debate. The measure would require that any gang member convicted of any crime committed, even a misdemeanor, spend an additional five years in ...

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Mississippi GOP reps safe after baseball practice shooting

Associated Press A Texas congressman says a gunman first fired shots at Mississippi Rep. Trent Kelly and missed before shooting a Louisiana congressman while the Republicans practiced for a charity baseball game in a Washington suburb. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas was at the practice and witnessed the shootings that wounded Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and several others in Alexandria, ...

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4 plead guilty in Mississippi counterfeit cash operation

MADISON — A prosecutor says four people are headed to prison for passing counterfeiting cash in central Mississippi. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says in a news release Tuesday that the four pleaded guilty to racketeering, and each was sentenced to 20 years in prison. They are 49-year-old Tonnie Carroll, 42-year-old Brenda Cross and 39-year-old Sylvester Anderson, all of ...

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Hall chosen as new Mississippi corrections commissioner

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed an attorney with wide experience in state government to be the new state corrections commissioner. Pelicia Hall has been interim commissioner the past few weeks, since Marshall Fisher left the top job in the prison system when Bryant chose him to lead the Department of Public Safety. Hall had been Fisher’s chief of staff ...

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