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9 plead guilty in circuit court

Joshua Butler pleaded guilty this week to armed robbery and was sentenced to 20 years, with nine suspended and 11 to serve.

Butler was indicted on Oct. 13, 2016. According to the indictment, Butler brandished a knife and robbed the 3 Way Kwik Stop on April 19, 2016. He was also issued a $3,000 fine and ordered to pay $1,140 in restitution.

Austin Hart was indicted on July  2, 2018, for conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit first degree arson, and for burglary. The indictment accuses Hart and Logan Swanson of breaking into a home in Bogue Chitto on April 14 with the intent to commit larceny. He was also indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hart pleaded guilty Monday.

Javarius Trunner was indicted on March 1 for conspiracy and 12 counts of burglary of an automobile. The indictment names Charles Agustus and Jatavis Berry as co-conspirators.

Trunner pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and five counts of auto burglary. Trunner was sentenced to 12 years, with none suspended.

Akira Dixon was indicted on June 24 for two counts of fraud. Dixon, doing business as Akira’s Total Credit Rehab, is said in the indictment to have been running a fraudulent credit repair scheme through e-mail in Lincoln County, crossing state lines.

Dixon pleaded guilty to a charge of mail fraud and was placed under supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for 36 months of non-adjudicated probation Oct. 8, which will allow the charge to be removed from her record after she completes all terms and conditions of the order. She was ordered to pay fines and fees of $4,981.47. She also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor bad check charge and was sentenced Oct. 8 to 10 days in jail, which was suspended for two years “good behavior probation.”

Other pleas:

• Wanda Bishop, indicted for exploiting a vulnerable adult for an amount exceeding $250 by writing and cashing check without the victim’s knowledge, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years, with five suspended.

• Xavier Walker, indicted for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, pleaded guilty Monday and fined $250.

• Mack Pickett, indicted for conspiracy and receiving between $1,000 and $5,000 in stolen property, pleaded guilty. Picket also pleaded guilty to embezzlement and was placed on probation.

• Wesley Blankenship, indicted for producing between 30 and 250 grams of marijuana and possession of between two and 10 grams of hydrocodone, pleaded guilty.

• Katrina Hawkins, indicted for a felonious bad check, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.