Vicksburg woman faces 20 years after aggravated assault conviction
Published 11:57 pm Friday, December 10, 2010
A Vicksburg woman was found guilty of aggravated assault Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court following a two-day trial.
Latonya O’Neil, 25, 1405-B Hayes St., will be sentenced Jan. 7 by presiding Judge Isadore Patrick. She faces 20 years in prison.
O’Neil was accused of stabbing and beating with a baseball bat a man who had been baby-sitting her daughter.
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Assistant District Attorney Dewey Arthur said O’Neil attacked the man in an attempt to take the man’s wallet. The victim suffered a dislocated finger, broken teeth, slashes on his arms and a stab wound from a pair of scissors.
Testifying in her own defense, O’Neil claimed she acted in self-defense, Arthur said.
The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for about two hours before returning the guilty verdict, he said.
In another case, Patrick postponed the sentencing of Kristin Walter, 26, 7094 Oak Ridge Road, until Thursday at 9 a.m. Walter was initially scheduled for sentencing Friday. She pleaded no contest Nov. 19 to felony child abuse, and faces a possible 20 years in prison and $10,000 fine.
Also in Warren County Circuit Court for the week ending Friday:
• Mingo Vancen Eichelburger, 31, 134 Ray Charles Road, Panther Burn, was found guilty of violating probation and sentenced by Patrick to complete a Mississippi Department of Corrections restitution program at Hinds or Jackson County and pay $1,352.50 in fines, court costs and assessments. Eichelburger was arrested May 26, 2007 for possession of marijuana.
• Hezekiah Ellis Jr., 42, 3186 Barland Road, Pattison, pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and was sentenced by Patrick to 51 days in jail followed by five years of probation, a $1,000 fine and $322.50 in costs. Ellis was arrested June 1, 2008.
• Ricky Desmond Fuller, 45, 207 G Northpoint Ave., High Point, N.C., entered a no contest plea to possession of marijuana and was sentenced by Patrick to one day in jail followed by three years of probation, a $1,000 fine and $322.50 in costs. Fuller was arrested Oct. 18, 2005.
• Jonathan Troy Grogan, 18, 1802 Vicklan St., pleaded guilty to burglary of a dwelling and was sentenced by Patrick to 246 days in jail followed by five years of probation, a $1,000 fine, $2,500 in restitution and $322.50 in costs. Grogan was arrested April 1.
• Omar Ingram, 32, 316 Lake Hill Drive, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced by Patrick to 154 days in jail followed by five years of probation, a $1,000 fine and $322.50 in costs. Ingram was arrested July 1.
• Korey O. Sims, 29, 1704 Heather Drive, pleaded guilty to two counts of business burglary dating to April 2008 and was sentenced by Patrick to two seven-year prison terms, $4,530 in restitution and $645 in costs; and pleaded guilty to rape and was sentenced by Patrick to 15 years in prison followed by five years of probation, a $2,000 fine and $333.50 in costs, from a grand jury indictment issued in August 2009. The sentences will be served concurrently.
• Sylvester Smith, 32, 1515 First North St., pleaded guilty to DUI third offense and was sentenced by Patrick to the Ninth Circuit Court Drug Court Program for a period not to exceed five years, a $2,000 fine, $500 Drug Court fee and $322.50 in costs. Smith was arrested Aug. 27.