SEXUAL PREDATOR SENTENCED

Greenville, MS – District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced this week that Jaime Albert pled guilty Tuesday, April 6th, in Washington County Circuit Court to the charges of sexual battery and fondling involving a minor victim.

With the case set for trial before Judge Ashley Hines, Albert chose instead to plead guilty to the charges brought against him.  The plea occurred after a jury was selected, but before testimony in the case had begun.  Albert was sentenced to 20 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 6 of those years to be served day-for-day behind bars and the remainder of the time on post-release supervision.  Albert’s plea requires that he be registered as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life.

In 2019, the charges against Albert were logged with the Greenville Police Department after the minor child courageously came forward to report the crime that Albert committed.  The incidents which gave rise to the charges occurred sometime between 2015 and 2016 in Greenville.

The case against Albert was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney M. Austin Frye, who expressed his appreciation towards the citizens of Washington County who showed up en masse for jury service this week.  Frye stated: “Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been naturally hesitant to show up and serve on juries, which has made it more difficult to secure justice for our victims.  With the rise in vaccination numbers and the accommodations made by the County for jury trials aimed to limit any potential exposure to jury members, we are thankfully seeing an increase in jurors reporting for service and, in turn, we are able to keep the trial docket moving and Washington County safer.” 

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JOHN SCATES, JR. FOUND GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH ENHANCEMENT

Greenville, MS—John Scates, Jr., 49, of Greenville was found Guilty of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm Enhancement in Washington County following a two-day jury trial, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. The State presented evidence to the jury at the […]... read more

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May
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May

DRIVER SENTENCED TO MAXIMUM FOR SHOOTING EX, KILLING BABY

Greenville, MS—Jonathan Driver of Etta, MS, was convicted of Second Degree Murder and Attempted Murder in Washington County following his guilty pleas on Monday, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. With his trial scheduled to take place in July, Driver […]... read more

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May
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May

WILLIE PAM CONVICTED IN HOLLANDALE MURDER

Greenville, MS- District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced this week that Willie Pam pled guilty Monday, May 10th, in Washington County Circuit Court to the charges of Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. With the […]... read more

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Apr

GREENVILLE RAPIST SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS

Greenville, MS— District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today that Henry Ransom pled guilty Monday, April 19th, in Washington County Circuit Court to the charge of Sexual Battery. With the case set for trial this week before Circuit Judge Richard […]... read more

resources

Attorney General

www.ago.state.ms.us

MDOC

www.ms.gov

Federal Prisoners

www.bop.gov

Sex Offender Registry

state.sor.dps.ms.gov

AG Victim Unit

www.ago.state.ms.us

Our Mission

The mission of the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Circuit Court, under the direction of
W. Dewayne Richardson, is to seek justice in order to maintain an environment of safety, security and lawful behavior for the citizens of the Fourth District.

The Office of the District Attorney uses lawful and reasonable methods to successfully identify and prosecute those who commit felony crimes. When a crime occurs, the Office of the District Attorney diligently pursues the indictment and conviction of those responsible, while adhering to all rights of the Victim, ensuring the victim is being provided all direct services applicable, and acknowledging all constitutional safeguards for the accused.

The District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth
District’s goal is to work with law enforcement and the judiciary to punish those who break our laws with adequate punishment. Every representative of the Office of the District Attorney pledges their commitment and full support to the protection of all citizens within the Fourth Circuit Court District.

Contact

Greenville Office
P.O. Box 426
Greenville MS 38702
[P] 662.378.2105
[F] 662.332.4665
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Indianola Office
P.O. Box 1046
Indianola, MS 38751
[P] 662.887.4306
[F] 662.887.6275
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Greenwood Office
P.O. Box 253
Greenwood, MS 38935
[P] 662.453.1089
[F] 662.451.7291
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Judicial Process

Citizen's Involvement in the criminal justice system typically begins with them being a victim, witness, or defendant of a crime. Arrests are made generally by a judge-issued warrant or by a police officer observing a crime in process. Law enforcement may also arrest someone if it has probable cause to believe the person committed a criminal offense. When individuals are arrested they are routinely advised of their Miranda Rights upon arrest, advising them that they have the right to remain silent and that anything they say will be used against them in court. On being questioned, defendants have the right to have their attorney present or to have one appointed if they are indigent.

Felony defendants appear at a first appearance and have the charges reviewed. A judge will inquire if the defendant has an attorney. If low income, the defendant may qualify for a court-appointed lawyer. No plea is entered at this time unless the defendant wishes to plead guilty or waives indictment and has an attorney present. All felony cases are presented to a grand jury in the county that the crime was committed. In the State of Mississippi, only a grand jury has the authority to indict an individual for a felony offense and require them to stand trial for the charges alleged in an affidavit and indictment.

If an indictment is issued, the defendant is bound over to stand trial or enter a guilty plea to the crimes alleged. When a criminal trial occurs all 12 jurors must find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sentences are decided by Circuit Court Judges in all criminal matters. In most cases a recommendation is made regarding imprisonment, probation, fines and restitution.

Municipalities


• City of Greenville


• City of Hollandale

• City of Leland
• City of Metcalfe

• Washington County

• City of Indianola
• City of Ruleville
• City of Drew

• City of Moorhead

• City of Inverness

• City of Sunflower

• Sunflower County

• City of Itta Bena

• City of Greenwood


• Leflore County