Circuit Court sentences handed down

By Amanda McBride and Daniel Brutny

Choctaw County Circuit Court was held in February with Judge Clarence Morgan presiding. He handed down the following sentences after the defendants pled guilty to their charges.

Lamarcus Smith pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of contraband in a correctional facility. Smith received a sentence of 10 years, with two years to serve and eight years of post-release supervision, the first five years supervised and the other three years unsupervised.

James Rovenstine pleaded guilty to felony motor vehicle theft. Rovenstine received a sentence of 10 years, with 10 years suspended for a period of five years and zero years to serve, as well as one year of supervised probation. Rovenstine was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,800.

Bruce Strickland A/K/A Chandler Strickland pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of contraband in a correctional facility. Strickland received a sentence of 10 years with two years to serve and eight years of post-release supervision, the first five years supervised and the other three years unsupervised.

Tiny H. Alston pleaded guilty to uttering forgery. Alston received a sentence of 10 years with two years to serve and eight years suspended and five years of supervised probation.

Nicole Lynn Fulgham pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of transfer of a scheduled three controlled substance after Count II Sale of Schedule III controlled substance was reduced. Count 1 Sale of Schedule III controlled substance was dismissed. Fulgham received a sentence of 10 years with three years to serve and seven years of post-release supervision. Fulgham also had her driving privileges suspended for six months.

Dwight Humphrey pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 25 years. After serving 20 years, he will be released to serve five years on post-release supervision. He is ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

David Patton pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement. He was sentenced to 10 years. After serving two days, he will be released and placed on probation for nine years and 363 days. He was also ordered to pay restititution of $1,500.

Dennis Lucas pleaded guilty to felony burglary of a building other than a dwelling. He was sentenced to seven years with six years suspended for five years and one year to serve. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $200.