Fight erupts after circuit court sentencing

Published 12:30 am Saturday, July 24, 2010

Two men were arrested on misdemeanor charges Friday after a fight erupted in the lobby outside the Circuit Courtroom at the Warren County Courthouse following a sentencing.

One man was charged with disturbing the peace and simple assault, and the other was charged with disturbing the peace and carrying a concealed weapon, a knife, said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace.

No one was injured in the fight, which spilled from the lobby and elevator area outside the courtroom into a court reporter’s office before being broken up by investigators with the District Attorney’s office and courthouse deputies.

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“The deputies in the court services unit quickly had the situation under control and arrested both parties,” Pace said.

The fight broke out after Donna Bailey, 52, 715 Roy Young Road, was sentenced after being found guilty by a jury last month of two counts of simple assault. Bailey had been tried for felony aggravated assault and attempted aggravated assault.

Bailey faced the charges after an Oct. 11, 2008, fight with her sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Steven Carlisle.

Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick sentenced Bailey to two, six-month terms in jail, but suspended both terms. She will be on unsupervised probation for two years and pay a $1,000 fine, restitution for the victim’s medical bills (unspecified), and court costs and state assessments totaling $322.50.

Bailey still faces a felony charge of growing marijuana from a July 7 arrest by Warren County deputies.

Pace said fighting at the courthouse, which is also used by citizens paying car tags and registering to vote, among other errands, will not be tolerated.

Deputies use hand-held metal detectors at the discretion of the judges, and maintain a presence at the courthouse throughout the day, not just during trials and sentencings, Pace said, and courthouse security is in accordance with what prosecutors and judges have agreed is necessary.

Also in Warren County Circuit Court for the week ending Friday:

• Leonda Shanell Buchanan, 30, 110 Eastover Drive, was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Circuit Judge M. James Chaney to the Mississippi Department of Corrections Restitution Center in Flowood to pay $2,463.50 in fines and costs. Buchanan was arrested Oct. 26, 2004, for credit card fraud.

• Antoinette Fulton, 39, 2404 Lake St., pleaded guilty to three counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and was sentenced by Patrick to five years of probation, plus $14,207.50 in restitution, payable to the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, and $1,322.50 in fines and costs. Fulton was indicted by the grand jury in August 2009.

• Ronnie Lick, 47, 2560 Freetown Road, was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Patrick to 154 days in jail followed by the MODC’s Extended Alcohol and Drug Program, and $1,642.50 in restitution, fines and costs. Lick was on probation for a 2005 conviction for third offense domestic violence.

• Christopher Steele, 26, 117 Dusty Road, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, third offense, and was sentenced by Chaney to the Ninth Circuit Court Drug Court Program for a period not to exceed five years, plus $2,822.50 in fines and costs. Steele was arrested Aug. 30, 2008.

• Travis Stewart, 30, 40 Dove Road, pleaded guilty to burglary of a vehicle and was sentenced by Patrick to 18 months in prison followed by three years and six months of probation, plus $3,914.50 in restitution, fines and costs. Stewart was arrested Oct. 5.

In Sharkey County for the week ending Friday:

• Kenrick Powell, 26, Mulberry Street, Rolling Fork, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced May 19 by Patrick to one year in prison followed by three years of probation, and $2,322.50 in fines and costs. Powell was indicted by a grand jury in August 2007. His sentencing was made public this week after delays in filing the sentencing order.