JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man has been given a 40-year sentence in federal prison for a videotaped attack on a 4-year-old girl in Mississippi. Marco Laquin Rogers hung his head as U.S. District Judge David Bramlette sentenced him today in federal court in Jackson. Another suspect, 27-year-old Jemery Atral Hodges, pleaded guilty in June and cooperated with authorities.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a Harrison County judge to determine if Alan Dale Walker was given adequate legal representation during a sentencing hearing in which he got the death penalty. Alan Dale Walker said in court documents his attorneys were inadequate at two stages of his case.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd has pleaded guilty to a state felony and will resign immediately. Byrd pleaded guilty today in circuit court to one charge of intimidating a witness. The 64-year-old Byrd will be sentenced March 12.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Rev. Joseph Kopacz has been appointed bishop of Diocese of Jackson. Kopacz succeeds Bishop Joseph Latino who reached the age of retirement.
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