Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Baby-killer tries to get gun rights restored.

A Brandon man is attempting to get his gun rights back after serving nearly nine years in prison for killing his infant son in 2005. 

Joshua Poling was indicted for capital murder  in Rankin County for the 2005 death of his son, 8-month old James Poling. (The obituary for little James is posted below.)  He pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to culpable negligence in December, 2007.  Circuit Judge Samac Richardson sentenced Poling to a prison term of twenty years, but gave him credit for time served.  Poling served over two years in the Rankin County jail since he could not post bond of $500,000.  The Mississippi Department of Corrections granted Earned Supervised Release to Poling on September 20, 2014.  He did not have to apply for parole.

Poling filed a petition for certificate of rehabilitation in Rankin County Circuit Court on July 13, 2017.   He is attempting to regain his rights to possess a firearm.  The petition cites Section 97-37-5(3) of the Mississippi Code.  That section states:

(3) A person who has been convicted of a felony under the laws of this state may apply to the court in which he was convicted for a certificate of rehabilitation. The court may grant such certificate in its discretion upon a showing to the satisfaction of the court that the applicant has been rehabilitated and has led a useful, productive and law-abiding life since the completion of his sentence and upon the finding of the court that he will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety.

The court file, petition, and little James's obituary are posted below.  The petition is assigned to Judge John Emfinger.  Judge Emfinger was a Rankin County Assistant District Attorney when the case was prosecuted.
Oddly enough, the Clarion-Ledger reported Poling's arrest but did not report his indictment nor conviction.


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Has he shown that he has been rehabilotated? Has he shown that he is leading a law abiding life?

If so, then yes. That's what the law provides. If not, then no. What's the question for it being here - nothing news here, happens regularly across the state.

Don't like the law - work to change it. Otherwise, the process will proceed.

Anonymous said...

Deer season is just around the corner. Gotta get those food plots in this weekend and get gun right restored by end of October.

Anonymous said...

I hope he gets the certificate, because it is useless. I think it only applied to hunting long guns. But it is useless because it is also a federal felony for a convicted felon to carry any firearm. If he gets the certificate, maybe he served more time in federal prison.

Anonymous said...

If he is on supervised release, he hasn't completed his sentence, just his incarceration. Come back in 2025 after the 20 years is done and ask again.

Anonymous said...

The law is the law. If you don't like it quit electing judges that softball sentences and quit electing lawmakers that weaken the laws that would give murderers the rope or the needle.

StarRider said...

He's still prohibited under federal law.

Anonymous said...

What's the question for it being here - nothing news here, happens regularly across the state.

Editor's discretion. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

With Judge Emfinger there is not even a 'fat' chance he is allowed any rights back-

Anonymous said...

This baby was a beautiful soul. Anyone that can MURDER a BABY and then sit and "mourn" with the family is SICK.

This man is SICK.

I can never thank the Rankin County Sheriff's Department and District Attorney for their swift action on this heartbreaking case. My only complaint is that this SICK MURDERER is out free on the streets to live his life.

Anonymous said...

He could petition the legislature to reinstate sufferage rights and I know the Rankin delegation and THAT SHIT AINT HAPPENING!

Anonymous said...

"happens regularly across the state."

You must be much better informed than most of us.

Name two other scum convicted of killing their own baby who successfully got their right to carry back.

We can wait

Anonymous said...

Johnny Williams did the same thing in Hinds County, beat a child to death. He is serving a life sentence that was recently upheld by the Mississippi Court of Appeals. A person in Rankin County does this and is out of jail asking for his rifle. A guess all of our criminal justice systems could use some improvement.

Kingfish said...

David Clark was D.A. at the time.

Blame MDOC. It was MDOC that released him.

Anonymous said...

The state shouldn’t deny this man his constitutional rights, in my opinion. How will Josh protect his life and property? Every American should have access to firearms; he’s done his time and should have his rights restored.

Kingfish said...

I'm sure you'd take the same stance if the petitioner was a Jackson ghetto street thug who was convicted of carjacking.

Anonymous said...

A few weeks ago we were saying the killers of the young child deserved the death penalty. Today we are debating if another child killer should be able to have a gun. The only real difference is the race of the parties involved. A while back a white lady left her child in the car, the child died. No charges against her. A black male left his child in the car, his child died as well. Today he is a convicted felony.

But if a person raises an issue about race, they are race baiting or playing the race card. Mississippi is truly a confused state.

Anonymous said...

@5:18 pm.... even without access to guns, he will have a better chance of protecting himself than BABY James did. That 8 MONTH OLD BABY NEVER stood a chance at the hands of his OWN father.

Anonymous said...

What did this man do to his baby? How did the murder happen?

Anonymous said...

Manslaughter - culpable negligence. That ain't murder.

Anonymous said...

When you start arguing that a convicted felon who has shown himself to be violent and have no regard for human life hasn't given up his " right" to bear arms, then you've gone over to the freak show level of politics.

And KF is right, if this guy wasn't whiter than snow or had killed the baby's mother ( as long as she was pretty), you'd all be livid! But, no, he just killed a helpless baby because the baby annoyed him.

Anonymous said...

He can have his fucking gun back when Anna gets her baby boy back.

Anonymous said...

@1:20am if you'll notice he was INDICTED for Capital Murder and pled to a lesser charge of Manslaughter. Also, it's interesting to note that Jim Kitchens was his attorney at the time...

Hmmmm Jim Kitchens = Champion of the Domestic Violence Sleaze...??

I have absolutely ZERO pity for this despicable "human"

2016 Hottest Reporter Poll

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel

Who is the hottest reporter?


Who is the Hottest Reporter in Jackson?

Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS