Welcome to the state of crime victim notification in Hinds County that ignores the law. The victim of a savage beating and armed robbery by Keifer's three years ago drove down here (she lives three hours away) last week to attend the sentencing of the thug who pleaded guilty to the crime. Just one problem. Her email says it all:
Judge Kidd continued murder trial from 2011 at 5 pm yesterday and NO ONE cared to tell me that sentencing would not be today. Waiting for Tom Kesler to break to tell some people off. My parents and boyfriend are here with me. Just wanted to let you know that these people don't give a shit about "victims."That's right. The victim and the family drove three hours to a sentencing that didn't take place because no one bothered to notify them of the delay. Nice. She was robbed at gunpoint, beaten in the face, and left unconscious 15 yards from Keifers, out in the middle of the street, three years ago. The victim suffered a tripoid fracture to her cheekbone and still suffers nerve damage on one side of her face and pain in her jaw.
Now, the victim DID meet with District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith later that day to express her outrage. She said he was very nice and apologized for the way she was treated. (Highlighted so no one can say this positive part was buried.).
The victim was robbed and beaten by Demarcus Jefferson and Demonta McCray. McCray was convicted and sentenced nearly two years ago. Jefferson pleaded guilty and was scheduled to be sentenced on March 20. Copy of file and original post.
The law is quite clear on noticing crime victims:
§ 99-43-29. Notice regarding disposition and sentencing
The prosecuting attorney shall provide to the victim the date of a conviction, acquittal, or dismissal of the charges filed against the defendant and prior to sentencing, when applicable, notice of the following:
(a) The criminal offense for which the defendant was convicted, acquitted, or the effect of a dismissal of the charges filed against the defendant.
(b) If the defendant is convicted, on request, the victim shall be notified, if applicable, of the following:
(i) The existence and function of the pre-sentence report.
(ii) The name, address, and telephone number of the office which is preparing the pre-sentence report.
(iii) The right to make a victim impact statement.
(iv) The right of the defendant to view the pre-sentence report.
(v) The right to be present and be heard at any sentencing proceeding.
(vi) The time, place and date of the sentencing proceeding.