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Multiple convicts sentenced

NATCHEZ — Two men who pleaded guilty to robbery of an elderly Natchez couple recently received sentences totaling 35 years in the state penitentiary.

Judge Forest “Al” Johnson sentenced Deon D. Woods, 21, 29-A Brenham Ave., in October with 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections following Woods’ guilty plea to armed robbery.

Johnson also sentenced LaKendrick D. Allen last month with a sentence of 15 years in the MDOC.

The couple, Gladys and Mack Seale Jr., was at their Second Street house during the incident when two men reportedly knocked on their door. When the man answered, he was reportedly pistol-whipped by Woods, who also reportedly pistol-whipped the woman when she tried to call 911.

Allen, 3563 Seal Road, Roxie, who was reportedly involved in incident and present at the scene, pleaded guilty in June to simple robbery. Allen’s sentence reflects the maximum sentence legally allowed for simple robbery.

Woods pleaded guilty to armed robbery but was originally indicted with an additional two counts of aggravated assault.

In other court news:

– Johnson sentenced Christopher J. Mackel, 31, who pleaded guilty in October to manslaughter, to 15 years in the MDOC.

Mackel was originally charged with murder following the fatal shooting of Tony J. Hughes, 22, on Rickman Street.

Former Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said the two men had been arguing and alcohol was involved when the incident occurred.

Mackel will also serve five years consecutive to the manslaughter sentence for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, as ordered by Johnson.

– The murder trial of Lizzie Madison for the August 2009 killing of Clark Felton Jr. was scheduled for Tuesday, but the trial was continued after the jury was picked.

Felton, a 61-year-old cancer patient, was found beaten to death with his cane at his residence at 87 LaGrange Road in August 2009.

Madison will stand trial separately from the other defendant in the case, Paul McBeth Green, who was reported to be her boyfriend at the time of the alleged murder.

– Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders sentenced Willie Duck in September to serve seven years in MDOC with credit for time served after Duck pleaded guilty to robbery.

Just weeks before Sanders handed down the robbery sentence, the district attorney’s office dismissed murder charges against Duck without prejudice for the 2009 murder of Terry Farmer.

– Sanders sentenced Christopher Cornish, who pleaded guilty to sale of less than two grams but more than 0.1 grams of cocaine, to serve one day of a 20-year prison sentence with the remaining balance suspended.

Cornish, who Sanders sentenced in May, received credit for time served and was placed on five years of post-released supervision.

Cornish was originally charged in July 2010 by Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, reckless driving and failure to yield to police lights.

Following a car chase, deputies reportedly recovered 9 grams of crack cocaine from the street that Cornish allegedly threw out his car window, Metro Narcotics Commander David Lindsey said.

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