Mr. Hambrick was an employee at MEMA. He was a talented singer as he performed in the Mississippi Opera and in the choir at First Baptist Church (Jackson). He attended Thursday night choir practice on May 28, 2015. He unfortunately stopped at the Waffle House on High Street at 10:30 PM. The 19 year-old Arkel Coleman thought the 52 year-old man would be easy prey and beat him with his fists. Mr. Hambrick fell to the ground and sustained more injuries when his head violently struck the pavement. His family removed him from life support a few days later. Arkel Coleman and his accomplice, Sherderwick Anderson, removed a ring that they fancied from a dying Eric Hembrick's finger. Police arrested the pair within a few days.
A grand jury indicted the feral Coleman for first degree murder and robbery on June 26, 2015. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The District Attorney accepted the guilty plea and dropped the robbery charge. Attorney Ali Shamsid-dunce represented Coleman.
Judge Tomie Green reviewed the case and blessed Coleman. She sentenced him to serve fifteen years in prison but suspended five years of the sentence. She ordered him to take an anger management class and enroll in a GED class. She naturally gave him credit for time served in prison. Thus the amount of time he will serve in prison after conviction is less than nine years. MDOC records state he will be released on May 30, 2025 - ten years to the day when Eric Hambrick died. Keep in mind that Shamsid-dunce clerked for Judge Green.
Meanwhile, Anderson was indicted for robbery. His case is currently growing mold as Judge Kidd continues his usual practice of continuing cases for several years.
Kingfish note: All Eric Hambrick ever did was serve. He served the community. He served at church. Friends, family, and colleagues all said he was a blessing to others. His life was taken by a savage, an animal who would never amount to anything and should have been put down like the dog that he is. However, he is just marking the time until he can party in freedom on his thirtieth birthday while Eric Hambrick will never see another birthday.
There is no other way to put it: Judge Tomie Green is a threat to public safety. Judge Green considers her courtroom to be a social experiment instead of a place where justice is meted out to those who deserve it. Thugs are turned loose to terrorize the community. Killers such as Coleman get light sentences. Fathers who rape their own infant children are given leniant but illegal sentences.
Then there is the District Attorney's office. It negotiated this plea bargain. It accepted the guilty plea and dropped the robbery charge. The sad part is, they probably think they did a good job.
This case is a miscarriage of justice. Period. This savage will be back on the streets before he is thirty years-old. Free to rob and kill again and again. We are in the middle of a Mayor's race. Every one of the candidates will talk tough about crime but NOT ONE OF THEM will address the real problem: the prosecutors and judges who backstab the police. None of them will criticize this sentence or other similar verdicts that are issued in the Hinds County criminal justice system again and again. At some point, the people who keep putting judges such as Tomie Green bear the blame for what happens in her courtroom and that my friends, is the bottom line .
Here are some more Judge Green blessings
Judge Green's illegal suspension of child molestor's sentence.
No jail for armed robber who carjacks a few months later.
Suspends complete sentence for armed robber.
Suspends another sentence for an armed robber
Suspends two sentences for armed robbery. Maces female clerk and robs her 3 months later.
Suspends all but 20 years of sentence for 1st degree murder conviction.