Judge laments suspects' job histories

Staff Writer

A 25-year-old Columbus man is charged with breaking into a car at Prestage Farms where he worked.
Arrington Cortez Lenoir was arrested Friday evening for breaking into a 1995 Nissan pickup owned by Alex Swindle, according to court documents read Monday in West Point Municipal Court.

Judge Bennie Jones set a $5,000 bond for Lenoir and entered a "not guilty" plea on his behalf.

Lenoir, who worked at Prestage Farms and a Columbus grocery store according to what he told the judge, has a Nov. 6 preliminary hearing.
Lenoir said he'd lived in Columbus for four months and in Aberdeen for three years prior to that.

He said he has no prior felony convictions, only misdemeanor traffic offenses, he said.
In an unrelated case, an 18-year-old Columbus man caught early Saturday morning with a concealed weapon is given a chance to stay on the "straight and narrow" but working off his time through West Point's court work program.

Bryan Christopher Edinburgh was arrested early Saturday morning in the Wing Kings parking lot in West Point. Police found a handgun stuffed in his pants leg and say he gave them a false name.
Interestingly, under state law, if he had not concealed the weapon, he would not have faced a charge.

During a hearing in city court Monday, he admitted to the weapons charge and initially said he gave the officer the correct name, but the officer "spelled it wrong."

After a moment, he decided to plead guilty to both charges.
The judge placed him on probation through North Mississippi Probation Services and told him to have his $879.50 in fines paid off by December either through the work program or by making payments.

Both cases, along with a third one involving 28-year-old Delancey Lucas, who already is serving a felony prison sentence and was given credit for his jail time on West Point misdemeanor charges dating back almost three years, caught the judge's attention.
"All three of them were nice looking, well-spoken young men. I've been doing this a good while and it still surprises me," the judge said of the circumstances.

"They didn't appear nervous or anything," he added.

Of the three, only Lenoir was working, although Edinburgh said he'd worked previously for a short time at a fast-food business in Columbus.
Lucas said he'd never held a job.
"That's what gets me, I just can't understand that sometimes. He's 28 and never had a job," the judge lamented. "That's the issues we have to address some how."