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Brookhaven man pleads to possession of child porn

A Brookhaven man who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography is among the cases heard this week in Lincoln County Circuit Court.

Danny Carlisle, 57, of the 700 block of North Jackson Street, pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge David Strong to possessing and distributing child pornography and will spend 10 years in prison for the crimes.

Carlisle was indicted in December on one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography and two counts of child exploitation for distribution of child pornography. Strong sentenced him Thursday to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with 10 years to serve and 30 years suspended on each count. The sentences will run concurrently.

He also received five years post release supervision, $5,000 in fines for each count, was ordered to pay $1,000 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund and $1,000 to the Children’s Trust Fund, and he must register as a sex offender.

An investigation discovered Carlisle had images of children as young as toddlers being sexually exploited. He uploaded those images to a Google account, which then alerted Attorney General Jim Hood’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the illegal activity.

Investigators also seized a doll that Carlisle transformed to look like a 7-year-old girl.

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.

Several other defendants also pleaded guilty Thursday.

James Monroe Thomas, 43, of the 1200 block of Enterprise Drive in Bogue Chitto, was sentenced to eight years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, seven years for each of two counts of burglary of an auto and 15 years with eight to serve and five years of post release supervision for one count of burglary of a dwelling.

An investigation showed that on or about Sept. 25, 2017, Thomas possessed a Taurus 9-mm handgun at a time when he had previously been convicted, on or about Oct. 3, 2016 of burglary of an automobile. Thomas had the handgun with him when he broke into a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe registered to Lana Philipp by forcing open a door and the home of Andrew Philipp on Big Springs Drive NE by forcing open a door. On that same day, he also broke into a 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer registered to Sandra Kees.

Those four sentences will run concurrently along with the sentence of eight years he is already serving for the November 2017 conviction for possession of a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle by a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of auto burglary in October 2016.

Thomas also was fined $7,000 and ordered to pay court costs.

Randy Barnett Jr., 29, of Ft. Myers, Florida, was sentenced to five years with two years suspended for stealing a 2010 Honda Rancher 4×4 4-wheeler owned by Greg Ginn in August 2016.

A witness reported seeing a truck that met the description of Barnett’s vehicle pass his house with an empty trailer, then return some time later with the Honda Rancher which matched the description of his neighbor’s 4-wheeler that was reported stolen soon after.

Deputies located the stolen 4-wheeler at Barnett’s home in Franklin County.

Barnett was convicted in Pike County Circuit Court in 2009 and 2010 of six counts of uttering forgery, two counts of false pretense, and felonious bad check. Strong said the state could seek sentencing for Barnett as a habitual offender.

Prior to sentencing, Barnett asked for leniency since he had not been in trouble since 2010 prior to the 4-wheeler theft.

“I don’t see a lot of wiggle room, Mr. Barnett,” Strong said.

“I promise I’ve learned my lesson,” Barnett said. “I have kids now. I didn’t then.”

Barnett also was fined $2,500 and ordered to pay court costs.

Fitzgerald Gene Adams, 27, of Crystal Springs, was sentenced to 12 years with three to serve and five years post release supervision for conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and the same sentence for selling at least two grams but less than 10 grams of methamphetamine. Both sentences are to run concurrently.

An investigation showed that Adams agreed to sell meth to someone in February 2016 and that he sold at least two but less than 10 grams of meth to a confidential informant.

Adams also was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay court costs plus $750 restitution to the Southwest Mississippi Narcotics Task Force.

Danny Carlisle

Randy Barnett

James Thomas

Fitzgerald Adams