Yet another armed robber received a blessing from Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green. Judge Tomie Green suspended a fifteen year prison sentence for Willie Dotstry in August after he was convicted of armed robbery. The treatment of Dotstry continues a pattern of suspended sentences issued by Judge Tomie Green to violent criminals.
A Hinds County grand jury indicted Dotstry in December 2014 for an armed carjacking in October 2014. Bond was set at $100,000 for the defendant. He pleaded guilty in November 2015 to the charge of Gun Armed Robbery. Judge Green sentenced him to serve 15 years in prison but suspended eight years of the sentenced and retained jurisdiction of the case for one year for resentencing "subject to completion of the RID program."
Dotstry completed the RID program and Judge Green indeed resentenced him in on August 29, 2016. Judge Green sentenced the carjacker, oops, make that armed robber to fifteen years in prison and probation for three years but suspended all fifteen years of the prison sentence and ordered his immediate release. Sound familiar?
Meanwhile, the case of Dotstry's accomplice, Martine Maberry, continues to plod along in Judge Winston Kidd's courtroom. Maberry was indicted at the same time as Dotstry yet Judge Kidd has continued his practice of allowing continuance after continuance even though the case is now over two years old.