Holmes County native pleads guilty to Highway 49 rock throwing
Greenwood – On July 22, 2019, Leflore County Circuit Judge Carol White-Richard accepted the guilty plea of Holmes County native Kavotreiuos Gould and sentenced him in one case of malicious mischief and five separate cases of aggravated assault. Gould was originally indicted by the January 2019 Leflore County grand jury along with his brother Lavotreious Gould, and Jumeario Williams for various criminal offenses in Leflore County.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation began investigating the shooting of an abandoned car on the side of Highway 49 in May 2018. Not long after they found the car, a rash of incidents began where cars were being hit by rocks, pieces of concrete, watermelons, and even ketchup packet as they traveled between Greenwood and Tchula. After a thorough investigation, investigators with MBI and the Leflore County Sheriff’s Office determined that all the incidents were related and were able to determine that the two Gould brothers and Jumeario Williams were behind all or part of the rock throwing and car shooting cases.
As part of the plea negotiations, Gould pled guilty to one (1) count of felony malicious mischief and five (5) counts of aggravated assault. Judge White-Richard sentenced Gould to ten (10) years, five (5) years to serve in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five (5) years of post release supervision on the malicious mischief charge. Judge Richard also sentenced Gould to 5 separate sentences of fifteen (15) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections as ten (10) to serve, and five (5) years of post release supervision. All six sentences are to run concurrently with each other.
The District Attorney’s Office is grateful for the hard work and dedication that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Leflore County Sheriff’s Office to end the reign of terror that occurred on Highway 49 last summer. We are incredibly thankful that no driver or passenger was injured.
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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