West Point man charged for weapon, drug possession

John Clifton Coggins
Staff Writer

A 39-year-old West Point man who has spent most of the last decade either in jail or under the watch of the state Department of Corrections is back in jail.

According to Clay County Circuit Court records, John Clifton Coggins was arrested this week after being indicted in April on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

The meth charge stems from his arrest July 16, 2017 in possession of the drug and the weapons charge stems from his arrest Nov. 19, 2017 for possession of a Bowie knife.

His record dates back more than a decade. He was convicted in Panola County of possession of meth and then on March 10, 2009, he was charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth.

He pleaded guilty on Oct. 13, 2010 and was sentenced to five years with five years post-release supervision. He also was ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation. He got out of prison in the fall of 2013 but tested positive for meth in October 2013 and was arrested for possession of paraphernalia. His post-release was revoked in April 2014.

He was released from the state technical violation center on July 2, 2015, placed on parole on Aug. 23, 2016 and released from his sentence on May 5, 2017, just two months before he was arrested again.

In an unrelated case, 31-year-old Sharunda Hamilton has been jailed for failing to meet the terms of her pretrial diversion.

Hamilton originally was charged with grand larceny for the May 2, 2014 theft of a 2001 Crown Victoria owned by Chanauta McMillian. She pleaded guilty and was placed on diversion on Oct. 9, 2015 and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution.

The diversion meant she could have her record cleared if she met the conditions. However, according to Clay County Circuit Court records, she never reported to the diversion officer or met any of the other conditions.

Prosecutors moved to have her diversion revoked last October, but she wasn’t located until this week.