January 27, 2011
Others sign up to run for political offices
Some more local candidates have signed up for political races.
Those qualifying to run for various county elected positions since the publishing of last week’s newspaper include:
• County Prosecuting Attorney – Shirley Byers.
• Constable, North District – Johnny Fitch and Billy Smith.
• Supervisor, District 2 – Winfred Allen.
Fitch had earlier qualified to run for Supervisor, District 2, but withdrew to instead enter the constable’s race.
The primary election is Tuesday, August 2. The primary runoff election is Tuesday, Aug. 23. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Wooten sentenced in DeSoto County court
A Marshall County woman will go to jail after a jury found her guilty of attempted false pretense, Attorney General Jim Hood said.
Sweetie B. Wooten, 38, of Holly Springs, was convicted last week by a jury in DeSoto County Circuit Court before Judge Robert Chamberlin, Hood said.
Judge Chamberlin sentenced Wooten to 10 years, eight years suspended and two years to serve, followed by five years post release supervision. She must also pay $500 in court costs and was ordered to report to the DeSoto County jail Friday, Jan. 21.
Wooten was arrested last August by investigators with the Public Integrity Division of the Attorney General’s Office. At the time of the crime, Wooten was employed with the Marshall County Public Defender’s office. She is also a licensed bonding agent. Wooten lied to the victim, a Memphis resident, telling him that for $10,000 she could make evidence and paperwork in the case against him disappear, thus causing the case against him to be dismissed. She also stated that she had worked the matter out with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, when actually the victim had already been cleared of the crime and the case was already being prepared to be dismissed.
“Two years behind bars should make this defendant think twice about her actions,” Hood said. “She’ll have time looming over her head when she is released and will either walk a straight line or return to jail.”
Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders with the Public Integrity Division of the Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case.
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