Three men plead guilty to robbery

Published 9:33 am Friday, May 25, 2007

Three men indicted on charges of robbing a man’s house at gunpoint pleaded guilty to attempted robbery Thursday.

Shonkieth Calvin, 18, Tyrone Hollins, 33, Charles Noble, 19, halted their efforts when the resident shot at them, hitting one man in the leg.

Hollins was the first one in, he said Thursday.

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“I kicked the door in,” Hollins said. “I heard gunshots. I didn’t know anybody was in the house. I turned around and started running.”

It wasn’t his idea to rob the house, he said.

“It was Shonkieth who (suggested it) and told me the money was in the house,” Hollins said.

He was sentenced to seven years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. After serving one year, he would be released to serve five years of probation.

Calvin faced hard questions from Circuit Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders.

“Where were your brains when you decided to do this?” she said.

“I made a mistake, and I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Calvin said.

Because he also had drug charges, he was sentenced to seven years in MDOC and to complete a drug and alcohol program. After two years, he would serve probation for five years.

Noble, who was shot in the leg, said he was sorry for what he did and had had a change of heart.

“I thank God to be alive,” Noble said. “I was drinking and not thinking. (Since then), I got so close to God. I want to talk to people, kids, to try to talk to them and lead a better life.”

Noble was sentenced to seven years MDOC. After serving eight months, he will serve five years of probation.