Friday, September 8, 2017

Update: 16 years.

2:55 PM Update: Judge Kitchens sentences Clark to serve 16 years in prison and suspends six years. That means under #585, Clark will serve five years.

Not much else will be posted today. I'm at the sentencing hearing for Bryan Clark. Judge Kitchens heard and denied a motion to recuse this morning. He recessed to read the letters sent to his court for sentencing recommendation. Court is about to start. 

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for classic gumshoe reporting, KF. And for shining the light onto what would surely have been bought and paid for justice otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Hurry I need to know what jail he going to be in so I can get my transfer. That my sucker and he ain't licking on nothing else.

Anonymous said...

Well what's the verdict?

Anonymous said...

Dear Andy Gipson,
I hope you're happy with yourself. 585 is a worthless product of your "legacy".

Anonymous said...

1:35 - Ill make a deal with you. If you promise to quit s***ing on KF every time he posts something, I'll quit pointing out that plenty of other people have been reporting on many of these things. You might not live in the Columbus area where this trial was going on, but the local paper has been reporting on it along with KF.

KF has done a great job of posting on it so that all those here in the metro area, around the capitol, can be aware of it. He did this once the family brought the information to him and tied the pieces together. Nothing wrong with that, its how things like this get the light of day shown upon them oftentimes. But there is no way this was going to be bought and paid for no-justice sans KF's posts; there are plenty of family members in the Lowndes County area that have been working the local media about this as well.

So -- deal. You quit chiming in every time KF posts something blowing smoke up his skirt and I'll quit pointing out your shameless asskissing that probably earns you a free drink and a quarter pounder every time you switch on your keyboard.

Anonymous said...

585 is a good bill, but even under 585, average sentence length served for nonviolent offenders is around 40% and around 60% for violent. Before, it could be shorter for folks like this who are well connected.

Anonymous said...

House Bill 585 only makes you eligible for a parole date and you aren't guaranteed to make parole. Doesn't mean you will be granted parole. Trust me, I know from numerous personal experiences. It's up to the parole board.
But with the money he has and resources, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets out faster that we think.

Anonymous said...

Good to know you've got everybody figured out, 4:29.

Anonymous said...

Will he begin serving time immediately?

Anonymous said...

WTF is your problem?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't HB 585 created with the assistance/recommendations of Chris Epps?

Anonymous said...

5 years should give him some time for a little " easy luvin' ".

Not enough IMO, but at least he didn't walk. Feel sorry for the girl, he'll probably kill her one day.

Anonymous said...

He did this once the family brought the information to him and tied the pieces together.

How do you know?

Why does it matter to you whether someone passes along a kudo to KF?

Anonymous said...

What was Clark's demeanor in court, Kingfish? Cocky? Subdued? I assume he was taken into custody immediately, yes?

Anonymous said...

I guess all the doubts about the ability of Jim Kitchens to sentence Mr. Well-Connected were unfounded.


Lady Justice

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the coverage of this case, KF. Followed you on twitter today too. Nice updates as the sentencing unfolded.

The good news about the outcome is that his freedom is about to be severely curtailed....even if it's only five years. The state prison guards will bleed him dry before he finds his "permanent" home w/in MDOC. They have it down to a science. His family will be well acquainted w/WalMart money very soon. He'll have access to plenty of drugs no matter where he ends up. They're everywhere. The gangs run CMCF, not MDOC. CMCF = Hell. Pure hell. Filthy. Nasty. Subhuman conditions. Spending any length of time there for "processing" is a punishment all in itself. Not sure how reformed he will be when he comes out on the other side of this. That's up to him. At least he will be locked away for a time and won't be a menace to society while he is in.

Kingfish said...

Clark sat right behind me the whole time. He didn't seem cocky nor did he turn into a crybaby. Seemed nervous and resigned to what was coming. The victim was in the courthouse but never appeared in the courtroom.

Anonymous said...

They should put him in the Women's Prison and make him catcher on the softball team.

KaptKangaroo said...


You might want to shelter your fear of piss poor performance. KF carried your weight. He did it because it was just. Go lap up your spilled milk somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand.....Kingfish, if you were in the audience why was Clark sitting behind you and not at a table before the judge?

Kingfish said...

He wasn't at table during first part when motion was discussed and decided. He was at table when sentencing arguments were presented

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, thanks for the answer. I agree with others that Clark will not serve enough time for what he did. I can't help but believe that his family's money and connections played a part in the light sentence. If it were the average guy Kitchens would have been given a more harsh sentence. Kitchens only did a small fraction of the job he was elected to do.

Lowndes county can only hope that Kitchens and their DA are not re-elected.

someoneinnorthms said...

I've practiced all over the state--even in front of Kitchens. If this guy has no felonies on his record before today, this sentence is probably a bit higher than normal for this crime (I'm not saying it's undeserved--I'm merely saying it's in the 70th percentile). So, he's certainly being punished. That said, I expected 20 with 5 suspended from Kitchens based on his sentencing history. So, while he didn't get a slap on the wrist, Clark actually did a little better than I expected.

A week in MDOC is like a decade in the free world. You can never relax, never let your attention flag. It is like living in the wild, except you have guards and prisoners alike preying upon you for money, in addition to the sex and other reasons. It's not gonna be a fun few years for Mr. Clark, no matter what that number is. Hopefully he learns some lessons and won't go back.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like daddy Clark finally bought him a prison consultant after "Rod Blood Money Ray"'s emotional breakdown. Where was the Honorable Statesman from Lowndes County Jeff Smith during the sentencing?

Anonymous said...

He/his emissaries better not go back after this woman to maime or kill her...isn't she kin to the Younger brothers who rode with Jessie &Frank James? She better make like her relatives and exercise her 2nd amendment rt to legally defend herself if,God forbid,that time comes again. What's that old saying? Better to have a badger on your "frontside" instead of a Younger on your back!!!!

4:29 replies said...

KaptKangaroo - you evidently miss the point, which is generally beyond you. Unless, of course, you are KF's butt boy that chimes in at least once on every post.

My comments had nothing to do with KF - as I have said before, I enjoy his reporting. I respect his circle of sources, which is an important part of this kind of reporting. Hell, I might have even participated in that process over the years.

My deal was with his buttboy that has to chime at least once each and every post about how amazing KF is, and how NOBODY would know ANYTHING if it weren't for JJ. While that may be true for someone of his obvious lack of intelligence, there are plenty of other sources of news about the state - in and out of the metro area - that cover some of these things as well.

It just seems silly to hear him blow his smoke up KF's dress. Maybe its something else he is blowing, I don't know. But the comment wasn't a comdemnation of JJ, it was of his silly antics.

Anonymous said...

My deal was with his buttboy that has to chime at least once each and every post about how amazing KF is, and how NOBODY would know ANYTHING if it weren't for JJ.

Show us. Link to a comment. Put up.

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