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According to Colin Kalmbacher with Law and Crime, Justin McCall was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for a series of burglaries, partly because he shot himself in the leg. Justin McCall, 28, was found guilty on multiple burglary charges by retired judge Paul A. Rasmussen. The judge sentenced the defendant to 20 years in prison on March 6, State Attorney Ginger Bowden Madden said in a Monday press release. In relation to a series of burglaries that took place between October 2022 and January 2023, McCall was charged with 13 separate crime, the state attorney’s office said.

“In addition to stealing miscellaneous items from the vehicles he burglarized, McCall stole a firearm from an unsecured vehicle,” the press release notes. “McCall then proceeded to burglarize another vehicle with the stolen firearm in hand. While rummaging through that vehicle, McCall accidentally discharged the firearm and shot himself in the leg which resulted in McCall pleading for help from the very person whose vehicle he had just burglarized.” The firearm theft that resulted in his injury was apparently not his first, law enforcement noted. At the time of his arrest for the burglaries, 

McCall shot himself on Jan. 4, 2023 – he was found by OCSO deputies with a gunshot wound to the leg, the sheriff’s office said. He was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The police investigation that ensued revealed that the defendant had been captured by several home video surveillance cameras breaking into vehicles in the area. “A homeowner on Zach Avenue says she discovered someone had broken into her car and taken her purse,” the OCSO said in a press release at the time of the arrest. “Later while watching a neighbor’s surveillance video, she saw McCall on camera wearing her white Sperry boots, which had been in her home’s garage.”


When it comes to interactions with law enforcement, the average person may not fully understand the potential consequences of their words. This is where Miranda rights play a crucial role. Today, we will explore how Miranda rights affect every person who speaks with law enforcement, and we want to especially emphasize the importance of remaining silent and seeking legal counsel before speaking to the police. By understanding these rights and taking the necessary steps to protect yourself, you can safeguard your rights and potentially save yourself from an adverse legal outcome.

The Foundation of Miranda Rights:

According to WLBT, a high school graduation party at the Mount Olive Community Center took a tragic turn when two teenagers were shot. One victim sustained gunshot wounds to the hand, arm, and leg, while the other was shot in the stomach. Although one victim has been released from the hospital, the other remains in critical condition. The immediate response from the Covington County Sheriff’s Office led to the identification of potential witnesses, who provided vital information about the suspected shooter. Based on the information provided by witnesses, Javion Carney was arrested in Collins. In addition to being charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Carney also faced an additional hold from the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a prior case in Gulfport. The eighteen-year-old appeared in Covington County Justice Court for his initial hearing. Judge John Laz Sanford made the crucial decision to deny Carney’s bond, considering the severity of the charges brought against him, which include attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In denying the bond, the Court is saying Carney poses a continued threat to the public.

Bails & Their Denial in Mississippi

In Mississippi, the definition of “bail” is found under Miss. Code Ann. § 83-39-1. In this context, it means the use of money, property, or other security to release a defendant from custody and secure his appearance in criminal court proceedings. Bail bonds in Mississippi may not be excessive, and they may also be revoked or denied. The law governing denials is found in the Mississippi Constitution Art. 3, § 29. If someone is charged with committing any offense punishable by death or life imprisonment, they may be held without granting bail. If that person is arrested for a felony committed while on felony bail, the court revokes their bail, ordering the individual to be detained. It should be noted that “felony” under this bail statute means any offense punishable by death, life imprisonment, or imprisonment for more than five years under the laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime is committed. 

TikTok No Kia’s or Hyundais on Your Block:

A viral TikTok trend exposing gaps in security has led to a surge in car thefts involving specific models of Hyundai and Kia vehicles. In response to the alarming trend, Hyundai and Kia have developed theft deterrent software and are offering it free to millions of vehicle owners. Additionally, the companies are collaborating with law enforcement agencies and providing steering wheel locks to enhance vehicle protection. This blog post delves into the impact of the TikTok security challenge, the measures taken by Hyundai and Kia, and the broader implications for car manufacturers, consumers, and car thieves.

The TikTok Challenge:

Arson is a serious offense in Mississippi, and you can expect stiff penalties if you are convicted of this crime. But your penalties depend on various factors, including the judge’s approach to your case. Some judges act in a predictable manner, while others make decisions that seem to go against patterns set by past arson cases. Such was the case when a Walmart arsonist received double the recommended sentence in Mississippi. 

But why did this arsonist receive a sentence that was so different from the recommendations of the prosecutors? What made this judge act in such an unpredictable manner? At the end of the day, this is simply the unpredictable nature of the justice system. Sometimes, things just do not turn out the way we expect them to. On the other hand, all defendants can pursue more predictable and positive results by working with qualified, experienced criminal defense attorneys in Mississippi. 

Arsonist Gets 18 Years in Federal Prison for String of Targeted Walmart Attacks

Family disputes can be emotionally and financially draining, often leaving lasting scars on all parties involved. However, an alternative dispute resolution method called mediation offers a valuable opportunity to resolve conflicts amicably, particularly in the realm of family law. In this blog post, we will explore the role of mediation in family law, focusing on the specific mediation laws and practices in Mississippi.

Understanding Mediation in Family Law

Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral third party, known as a mediator, facilitates communication and negotiation between disputing parties. The goal of mediation is to assist individuals in reaching mutually acceptable agreements and resolving conflicts without the need for adversarial litigation.

According to WLBT, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department (JCSD) arrested a woman for having sexual intercourse with a dog. It is reported that the dog was her own “service dog”. The action was videoed and posted to social media to which a concerned citizen reported it. The woman claims that although she is paid to video her sexual intercourse, she was coerced into making the video with her dog, against her will. She was charged with unnatural intercourse and aggravated cruelty to an animal, with a $25,000 bond and ordered to stay away from animals. JCSD states they have several videos that are too graphic to share or discuss, and some were made in other counties with separate charges to follow. The dogs have been seized and under medical treatment. 

What is unnatural intercourse and aggravated cruelty?

Unnatural intercourse can be defined as any sexual intercourse that is not penile-vaginal. Aggravated cruelty to animals occurs when a person with malice, intentionally tortures, mutilates, maims, burns, starves or disfigures any domesticated dog or cat. 


When it comes to handling felony criminal prosecutions, Mississippi’s Circuit Courts play a vital role. In this blog post, we will explore the key aspects of criminal law within the state’s Circuit Courts, shedding light on their jurisdiction, appellate processes, and essential rules and procedures.

Jurisdiction and Appellate Processes:

A student at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Waylon Kurts, was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit threats of violence, among other charges. According to the charges, the items found in Kurts’ dorm room included a tactical vest, empty boxes for ammunition and magazines, a tactical knife, a folding knife, firearm earmuffs, six propane canisters, fireworks, lighter fluid, a battery with wires and a lock pick set. The Star Tribune reported that police also confiscated notebooks with writings that included a plot to steal ammunition from a retailer, police radio frequencies, and a hand-drawn map of the recreational facility on campus. The map included an arrow indicating a travel route and apparent exit path, the charges said. 

Kurts’ attorney, Paul Rogosheske, said Kurts “has some things that look funny,” but said there is nothing that poses a threat to anyone. Rogosheske said his client is a hunter who shoots a lot, and noted there were no guns or ammunition taken from Kurts’ room or vehicle. He said Kurts drew the map for someone else. Northfield Police Chief Mark Elliot said authorities are trying to determine what, if anything, Kurts had in mind. St. Olaf officials said they became suspicious of Kurts when a custodian saw two empty packages for high-capacity magazines in a garbage can. The college then reached out to officers at the Northfield Police Department to report items “connected to potential acts of violence” found in the student’s dorm room. The student was arrested a day later on suspicion of threats of violence. 

The criminal complaint also notes that, outside of the items found in Kurts’ room and vehicle, they also found texts between him and someone about buying a gun from unlicensed sellers. Kurts had also texted photos of a box filled with rifle magazines on a bench with the words “Kids’ve got no idea whats in here.” Further, some of the notes in Kurts’ vehicle allegedly said “combat is much faster and closer than you think” and “the average door takes 2.5 kicks”. The notes also contained training directions for where to shoot a person on their body. 

As a parent or guardian, it can be alarming to learn that your child has been charged with a status offense. Status offenses are a unique type of offense that only apply to juveniles, and they can carry serious consequences for both the child and their family. In this blog post, we’ll explore what status offenses are, provide examples of common status offenses in Mississippi, and discuss why it’s important to speak with an attorney if your child has been charged with one.

What is a Status Offense?

A status offense is an act that would not be considered a crime if committed by an adult, but that is considered illegal when committed by a juvenile. In other words, it’s an offense that only applies to children under a certain age. Status offenses are typically considered less serious than other types of offenses, but they can still have serious consequences for the child and their family.

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