Letters To The Editor
Petition against parole:
few weeks ago, my aunt, Monet Bell Autry, wrote a letter to the editor
asking local churches, organizations, business owners, employees,
friends, law enforcement, politicians, and citizens of Marshall County
to contact the Mississippi Parole Board petitioning for the denial of
parole for Bart Mease.
Bart Mease, MDOC Number 43833, was convicted for murdering the late Sheriff Osborne Bell.
conjunction with my aunt’s letter, I kindly ask each of you to write to
the Mississippi Parole Board and petition against the possibility of
parole for Bart Mease.
Let Sheriff Bell rest in peace knowing that the individual who took his life is never eligible to take another.
late mother and late grandfather both fought this battle until their
dying days. Out of respect for his wife, children, mother, and family,
let’s emphasize to the Mississippi Parole Board that it is not OK to
harshly punish first time offenders for petty crimes and give the
possibility of parole to the murderer for our late, great sheriff.
Attached is my letter to the State Parole Board regarding the possibility of parole for the murder of Sheriff Osborne Bell:
Mississippi Parole Board, Chair
660 North St., Ste 100 A
Jackson, MS 39202
am writing in response to Bart Mease MDOC Number 43833 having the
possibility of parole. This is a letter of petition against the
possibility of his parole.
Osborne Bell, (a fallen hero), was
my uncle. As a little girl, I remember my uncle well and how, when we
went to my grandparents’ house, he would always grab at our noses when
he greeted his little nieces and nephews.
He was always a
cheerful person to all whom he encountered. I will never forget the
sad day, living in Tupelo, when my mother picked me up early from
daycare in tears. We immediately traveled to Holly Springs. When we
walked into his home, the air was full of sadness and misery. Days
later, I will never forget how my mother, aunts, uncles, and
grandparents fell to their knees in grief as they put to final rest
Sheriff Osborne Bell of Marshall County.
As I reiterate, the life of a hero was taken.
1995, my mother, Imodene Bell Goodman, was killed in a tragic
automobile accident. Until the day that she died, my mother, along
with the rest of the family, petitioned against the release of Bart
My family was saddened greatly around that time,
mourning the loss of my mother as well as the possibility of parole for
No one deserves to bear that burden. I watched my
mother cry many nights mourning the loss of her brother and then for my
family to mourn the loss of my mother and the possibility of parole for
the convicted murderer of my Uncle Osborne.
It saddens me to
even think that our law would allow such. We have thieves, embezzlers,
drug dealers, and gang bangers who never see the light of day for
committing smaller crimes. How could the law make provisions to
consider one who has taken the life of one of their very own to be
On behalf of my deceased mother and grandfather, who
have fought and petitioned for years to keep Bart Mease behind bars, I
beg and plead for the Mississippi Parole Board to deny parole for Bart
I now have four children of my very own who never had
the opportunity to meet their great-uncle. They have to learn about
him in school.
How fair would it be for them to one day learn
that his murderer was set free? This contradicts and mocks what our
children are taught everyday: love, respect, obey, and never break the
How could the law consider contradicting the teachings
implemented into our very own school systems and most importantly, the
Holy Bible? Never forget, “Thou shall not kill.”
stated to the citizens of Marshall County by my family, the release of
Bart Mease would be a tragedy to the state of Mississippi and law
Niece of the late
Sheriff Osborne Bell
Thanks from the animals:
The Humane Society would like to thank everyone for their contributions of time or money during 2010.
would like to report that we rescued 120 animals. We did
surgery, either spay or neuter, on 766 animals.
also used grant funds to assist people in the community, who otherwise
might not have been able, to spay or neuter 277 animals.
problem of stray animals is huge, but we have helped a few to reduce
the number of stray animals wandering the streets.
Please call 662-564-2900 if you need assistance spaying or neutering your dog or cat.