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California couple highlight court term

The second person involved in a drug bust in 2014 where Oxford police investigators found more than 28 pounds of marijuana has been sentenced to prison.

In October 2014, Able Ruiz Jr., 31, and Joanna Orona, 36, both of Porterville, California, were stopped by OPD officers during an early morning traffic stop. The K-9, “Jack” altered officers to the presence of narcotics. A search warrant was obtained to search the vehicle and officers found 28 pounds of marijuana and 0.3 grams of cocaine in multiple compartments inside the vehicle.

In July 2015, Orona pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with four years suspended. She will serve six years before being considered for parole.

During the January court term, Ruiz pleaded guilty to trafficking and possession charges. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended and 10 years to serve.

If either violates their parole after release then they could face the rest of their suspended sentence.

Other cases

Other cases disposed of during the January court term were:

• James R. Alexander, 54, Huntsville, Alabama. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Seth Andrews, age unavailable, 2 Private Road 3086 Apt. 6, Oxford. Charge: sale of a controlled substance. Disposition: reduced to a misdemeanor.

• Kylan Austin, 19, 426 County Road 204, Abbeville. Charges: domestic aggravated assault and possession of cocaine. Disposition: 10 years prison with 10 years suspended and five years probation.

• Jarquez Beard, 31, Cedar Hill, Texas. Charge: possession of a controlled substance. Disposition: five years probation.

• Sanchez Bogard, 29, 15 County Road 119, Abbeville. Charge: violation of probation (original charge: felony fleeing). Disposition: four years in prison.

• Michael Antonio Brown, 34, 801 Frontage Road, Oxford. Charge: violation of probation (original charge: sale of cocaine). Disposition: five years.

• Grimes Williams Creasy Bryan, 24, Virginia. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Robert Bryan, 35, 302 Megan Lane, Oxford. Charge: fondling a child. Disposition: 15 years prison with 10 suspended and five to serve.

• Joel Linton Carson, 37, Grenada. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Marquis Jemar Collier, 25, 3014 Davis Drive, Oxford. Charge: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Disposition: five years probation.

• Nyigel Curry, 23, 21 Private Road 1051, Oxford. Charge: violation of probation (original charge: possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute). Disposition: remain on probation.

• Sterling Davis, 22, address unavailable. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Justin Benton, 24, Tupelo. Charges: credit card fraud and embezzlement. Disposition: 10 years prison with seven suspended and three years intense supervised probation.

• Stephen Dukes, 36, New Albany. Charge: sale of a controlled substance. Disposition: two years intense supervised probation.

• Lawanda Anne Edington, 52, 202, N. 5th St., Oxford. Charge: violation of probation (original charge: two counts of felony false pretense). Disposition: six months in jail.

• Ben Fisher, 52, address unavailable. Charge: felony false pretense. Disposition: reduced to misdemeanor.

• James Flemmons, 51, Thaxton. Charges: two counts of credit card fraud. Disposition: three years probation.

• Jessica Gaines, 30, New Albany. Charges: three counts of obtaining possession of a controlled substance. Disposition: Drug Court.

• Kelly Gordon, 43, 31 County Road 121, Abbeville. Charges: two counts of burglary (dismissed) and felon in possession of a firearm habitual offender. Disposition: 10 years prison with five years suspended and five years to serve.

• Joshua Griffin, 38, Baldwyn. Charges: sale of LSD, possession of LSD with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a church. Disposition: 10 years prison with seven years suspended and three to serve.

• Richard Grisham, 23, Southaven. Charge: burglary of a dwelling. Disposition: four years probation.

• William Sims Hazel, 24, 2206 Anderson Road. Apt. 702, Oxford. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Matthew Hervey, 26, 603 County Road 15, Water Valley. Charge: sale of a hydrocodone. Disposition: three years intense supervised probation.

• Derrick L. Hicks, 35, Winona. Charge: violation of probation (original charge: grand theft). Disposition: remain on probation.

• John Julius Holder, 60, Como. Charge: aggravated assault. Disposition: reduced to a misdemeanor.

• Iletta Houston, 33, 10 County Road 276, Oxford. Charges: directing a minor to commit a felony and credit card fraud. Disposition: 10 years in prison with eight years suspended and two years intense supervised probation.

• Shanita S. Hunter, 43, Myrtle. Charge: felony shoplifting. Disposition: three years in prison.

• Mykalia Jamison, 25, 219 Josh St., Oxford. Charge: felony malicious mischief. Disposition: felony shoplifting.

• Dennis Jenkins, 38, 167 County Road 3019, Taylor. Charge: burglary of a dwelling. Disposition: Drug Court.

• Derek Kashnak, 19, Virginia. Charge: possession of marijuana. Disposition: four years probation.

• Adam J. Keck, 23, 80 Aspen Loop, Oxford. Charges: two counts of conspiracy. Disposition: five years probation.

• Johnathan Gibson Lee, 42, address unavailable. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Deshaun Lewis, 21, 6B County Road 194, Oxford. Charge: grand theft. Disposition: three years probation.

• Donald Martin, 21, Georgia. Charge: conspiracy. Disposition: five years probation.

• Richard McEwen, 40, 400 Pride St., Oxford. Charges: sale of cocaine and sale of a controlled substance. Disposition: Drug Court.

• Stephen McKay, 62, Tennessee. Charge: domestic aggravated assault. Disposition: reduced to misdemeanor.

• Labruce Hanahan Miller, 24, Florida. Charge: felony DUI. Disposition: intense supervised probation.

• Kallie Mottz, 24, 30 County Road 375, Water Valley. Charges: conspiracy and grand theft. Disposition: Drug Court.

• Glenn Pegues, 52, 231 County Road 217, Oxford. Charge: felony DUI. Disposition: five years prison with three and a half suspended and 18 months to serve.

• Matthew Perkins, 41, Ridgeland. Charge: felony DUI. Disposition: intense supervised probation.

• Heather Thomas Peters, 46, Pontotoc. Charge: embezzlement. Disposition: seven years prison with five years suspended and two to serve.

• Xavier Pittman, 19, Pontotoc. Charge: vehicle burglary. Disposition: five years probation.

• Patrick Lee Powers, 52, 119 County Road 198, Oxford. Charges: felony false pretense and grand theft. Disposition: Drug Court.

• Hillary Preuitt, 28, 29 County Road 140, Oxford. Charge: possession of cocaine. Disposition: Drug Court.

• Jamaris Robertson, 19, 362 County Road 105, Oxford. Charge: commercial burglary. Disposition: five years probation.

• Allen Robinson, 23, 15 County Road 259, Oxford. Charge: burglary of a dwelling. Disposition: intense supervised probation.

• Brandon Rottler, 21, Texas. Charge: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Disposition: pretrial intervention.

• Joseph E Ruder III, 46, address unavailable. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Jacob Britt Sessums, 33, 660 Hathorn Road, Oxford. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Carl Lee Stewart, 35, Itta Bena. Charge: felony shoplifting. Disposition: three years prison with two years suspended with one year to serve.

• Jackson Daniel Tucker, 28, 39 Twin Gates Drive, Oxford. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Allen Vaughn, 52, 17 County Road 230, Oxford. Charge: three counts of credit card fraud. Disposition: three years prison with three years suspended and three years probation.

• Zach Vaughn, 29, Gautier. Charges: five counts of sale of a controlled substance. Disposition: Drug Court.

• Matthew Charles Webb, 26, 212 Woodlawn Drive, Oxford. Charge: possession of cocaine. Disposition: pretrial intervention.

• Gary Welch, 53, Jackson. Charges: two counts of felony shoplifting. Disposition: reduced to time served.

• Kimberly White, 54, Como. Charge: possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Disposition: eight years prison with eight years suspended with five years probation.

• Robert Christopher White, 25, Tupelo. Charge: DUI appeal. Disposition: non-adjudicated.

• Krystal Whitfield, 24, 153B County Road 108, Abbeville. Charge: domestic aggravated assault. Disposition: 10 years prison with 10 years suspended and five years probation.

• Alex Williams, 22, Alabama. Charge: sale of a controlled substance. Disposition: three years probation.

• Willie K. Woods, 48, address unavailable. Charge: aggravated assault. Disposition: 20 years prison with eight years suspended and 12 years to serve.

• Adam Young, 28, 11 CR 193, Oxford. Charge: aggravated assault. Disposition: 12 years prison with seven years suspended and five to serve.

LEGAL LINGO DEFINED

— When a case is retired to files, the charges are not prosecuted, but have not been dismissed either. They are not usually brought up again unless the defendant commits another similar crime.

— If a sentence is suspended, the defendant may, or may not, serve some time in prison and then is generally placed on probation. If the probation is violated, they could go back to jail to serve the remainder of the suspended sentence.

— Intense supervised probation is essentially house arrest where a defendant must remain home unless at work, church or other pre-approved locations.

— Misdemeanor charges can appear in the court term for two reasons. Generally they are handled at the lower court level first but then appealed to the Circuit Court, like first-time DUI charges. Some felony charges are reduced to a misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement.