Pageant winner Magrish Balasubramaniam pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell a controlled substance in Madison County. He was caught last year with a large quantity of "synthetic LSD". The plea agreement states he is to be sentenced to twenty years in the custody of MDOC but thirteen years of the sentence is to be suspended. He is represented by attorney Dennis Sweet.
His co-conspirator Khaleb Chhabra pleaded guilty to the same charged and will serve fifteen years in the custody of MDOC after receiving a twenty-year sentence. Mr. Balasubramaniam's plea bargain has not yet been approved by the court. He was indicted in January for sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance. The indictment states he was caught with between 10 and 20 hits of synthetic LSD.
Mr. Balasubramaniam is apparently somewhat of a dandy around campus as he won a "fashion pageant" at Mississippi State University earlier this year. The Starkville Free Press (offshoot of the Jackson Free Press) reported in May:
The stage lights went down as the contestants prepared to come out on the stage. Backstage one contestant was particularly nervous.
He reached into his pocket and took out his phone to take a selfie of him and his fellow contestants to document the moment.
“We look saucy,” he thought as everyone gathered around the cellphone.
He quickly snapped the picture. The contestants exchanged small talk while waiting for the moment they had prepared for for a month.
The contestants listened as the crowd got quiet. The time had arrived to make their debut. They looked at each other in reassurance and stepped out on stage.....
“Modeling is an easy job. You get paid for standing there and looking like yourself,” Magrish said. His work with the Student Fashion Association would eventually lead him to the Mr. Delta Gent Pageant hosted by the Nu Beta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority of Mississippi State University. A member of the sorority invited him to participate in the event, and he thought it would be a great experience. So he agreed.
Magrish and six other young men went through a month of hectic and grueling practices. However, even through the hard work the men found time to have fun. Even though they came from vastly different social circles, the men managed to bond.
At every practice, fellow contestant Gabriel Myles would bring him a plate of syrup-drenched bacon, and while he ate Magrish and the other contestants would share stories.
After all the fun and games, it eventually became time for the contestants to show what they had been practicing for a month.
Magrish and the other men went on stage and displayed their talents, modeled and answered questions.....
Mary Alice Dann, who has known Magrish for two years, was ecstatic when she heard his name called.Kingfish note: Will the inmates think he is "saucy"? Couldn't resist.
“He worked hard for this award and deserved to win,” Ms. Dann said.
It didn’t hit Magrish until four hours later that he had won the pageant. He pulled out his phone and on the home screen was a picture of him on stage. He unlocked it and flipped through pictures from the pageant with a smile on his face.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Not a bad accomplishment for a kid who described himself as having a rough start in the looks department. Rest of article.