A local man will spend 15 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to stabbing two people on their way to church in April 2017.
Jordan Hartzell, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault in Lowndes County Circuit Court earlier this month. He was sentenced to 20 years in MDOC with 15 years to serve and five years suspended.
Hartzell was arrested on April 2, 2017 for stabbing two people in a car on their way to church. He was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of methamphetamines. One assault charge and the possession charge were both dismissed based on his guilty plea.
A Columbus man will spend two years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of child abuse.
Robert Thomas Perkins, 22, was indicted earlier this year on separate counts of sexual battery and child abuse. According to authorities at the time of his arrest in November, he performed a sex act on a female under the age of 16.
Perkins’ sexual battery charge was dismissed after he pleaded guilty to child abuse. He was sentenced to five years in prison with two years to serve and three suspended.
Other pleas this session have included:
■ Nicholas Taylor, 25, aggravated assault for stabbing a man in June 2017, 10 years in MDOC with 10 suspended and 18 months in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center as part of five years probation; and
■ Jennifer Lea Locke, 46, embezzlement, 15 years in MDOC, 15 years suspended and $43,000 to be paid in restitution.
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