Man gets eight years in drug case

Staff Writer

A 38-year-old Clay County man with a history of drug convictions dating back to 1999 is sentenced to eight years in prison. But he does get a break on how he serves that time.

Kevin Jones Jr. pleaded guilty in Clay Circuit Court to possession of methamphetamine. The charge stemmed from his arrest on April 26, 2017.

As part of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to the eight years, but he won't have to serve the time as a habitual offender. That means he can earn early release instead of having to serve day-for-day or at least 50 percent of the time.

Judge Lee Coleman fined him $1,200.

Jones was convicted in 1997 in Clay County of selling cocaine, possession of contraband in 2000, selling cocaine in 2009, cocaine possession in 2010 and possession of contraband in Choctaw County in 2013.

In an unrelated case in Clay County Circuit Court, 43-year-old Darian Henley pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to eight years with seven suspended and a year to serve. He also must serve five years of post release supervision.

The charges stem from his arrest on Aug. 21, 2015, according to court records.

He has a prior conviction for selling a controlled substance.

In another case, 30-year-old King Lenoir was sentenced to two years in prison for selling cocaine. He has a prior cocaine sale conviction.

The current charged stemmed from his arrest on Sept. 20, 2014.

Desmond Lamar Warren was sentenced to eight years with five years post release supervision after pleading guilty to possessing between 250 grams and 500 grams of marijuana. The charges stem from a Sept. 6, 2017 traffic stop where officers smelled marijuana and found it in the car he was driving.

He was fined $2,400.

He has a prior felony drug conviction.

At the time of his arrest in the marijuana case, he was out of jail on bond on armed robbery and a witness intimidation case stemming from a Jan. 30, 2015 incident where he was accused of robbing Quinesha McClinton and then threatening her on April 29, 2015, according to court records.

Those charges were dropped, but as part of the marijuana plea agreement, Judge Coleman ordered him to pay $4,000 restitution to McClinton.