Thursday, June 7, 2018

Trial postponed for Alston, Jr. in kidnapping case

The trial of a Jackson man accused of savagely beating, strangling, and kidnapping his girlfriend was postponed until July.  A Lafayette County grand jury indicted Sheldon Alston, Jr., for aggravated domestic violence and kidnapping in June, 2017.  The indictment accuses Alston of strangling and kidnapping his girlfriend on September 7-8, 2016.  Alston faces prison sentences of 1 yr-to-life or 30 years for kidnapping, and from 2-to-20 years for aggravated domestic violence if convicted.

The trial was scheduled to take place during the April term of the Lafayette County Circuit Court.  However, a new scheduling order was submitted to the Court a week ago.   The District Attorney is Ben Creekmore.  The case is assigned to Judge Andrew Howorth.  JJ is withholding the victim's name from publication.

The victim is also pursuing a civil case against Alston in Hinds County Circuit Court.  The complaint provides more details about the brutality she alleges took place that horrible night in September.  The complaint can be read in this earlier post.

Kingfish note:  The Hinds County case was assigned to Circuit Judge Bill Gowan.  However, Judge Gowan retired on March 31.  The case is now assigned to Circuit Judge Joseph Sclafini.   Judge Scalfini was employed at the Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes law firm when he assumed his seat on the bench.   Alston's father is a partner at the firm.  Judge Scalfini has not yet recused himself from the case even though he had a docket call.

It is also interesting that the "state newspaper" has not even mentioned this case even though it has recently reported on several sexual assault (or similar) cases at Ole Miss.  The same law firm also represents the Clarion-Ledger.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

The concept of a "conflict of interest" seems to be lost on the general public. They're everywhere in politics, medicine, business and even everyday affairs and seem to be getting worse. They're not hard to identify, and if we eliminated as many as we could, it would go along way towards increasing efficiency and reducing waste and fraud. A good start would be to enforce our current ethics and campaign laws, and to enforce them uniformly. And don't get me started on the Mississippi Bar...

Anonymous said...

Come to think of it you are right KF. The Sam R Hall led Clarion-Ledger in April covered another lawsuit up at TSUN regarding consensual sex but hasn't written a word about the allegations against young Sheldon Alston (who moved on to Millsaps) for the strangling and kidnapping of his then girlfriend.

Is this story not newsworthy Sam R Hall?

As they turned south onto South 18th Street, a much less traveled road than University Avenue, Alston began to forcefully grope xxxx, sticking his hand up xxxx's skirt, while sliding his other hand over her mouth. Fearing for her safety, xxxx tried to push him away.

Infuriated by xxxx's rebuff, Alston willfully, wantonly, and maliciously threw her to the ground, pinning her under him, preventing her from escaping. At this point, he unleashed a torrent of blows, viciously and repeatedly striking her face with his hands. Alston's physical attack continued when he began strangling xxxx with both hands clasped around her neck.

Alston's attack left xxxx severely bruised. xxxx had cuts and aberrations on her legs,elbow, and back. Alston's actions further caused bruises and wounds around her neck and leaving her left eye swollen shut....

Hmmmmm. Who are you protecting Sam R Hall?

Anonymous said...

Judge Sclafani will recuse himself if there is a conflict of interest, and he will err on the side of caution in that regard. I've heard only good things about his first days on the bench and his refusal to grant lazy attorneys extended scheduling orders whose cases have languished on the docket for years. He has inherited a huge backlog of stale cases that need to be resolved, and he will expeditiously move them forward in keeping with rules of procedure. Put up or shut up, counselors. You have a real judge now. Thank God.

Anonymous said...

This freak needs to be off the streets. If the good old boy cabal conspires to free him, I can only hope the next woman he tries to attack shoots him.

Anonymous said...

Sclafani will recuse himself. Any suggestion otherwise is wasted keystrokes.

Anonymous said...

Does the accused yute have an important internship to finish?

Anonymous said...

Folks, this is a perfect example of why major media (like the Clarion-Liar) sucks... and why we need to support this site.

Going to make my paypal donation now.

I hope the accused gets the sentence he deserves. Please keep us posted KF.

Anonymous said...

Have to wonder if anyone at Millsaps knew and now that they know what steps have they taken to alert the student body. Wonder what the feminists who trashed that chapel think about a violent domestic abuser in their midst.

Anonymous said...

is this kid out on bail?

Anonymous said...

Readers, please refresh your memory on the case of Douglas Hodgkins of Kentucky, a student at Ole Miss who was convicted of the murder of another Ole Miss student in a similar scenario...he was eligible for parole after serving 10 years (the law now requires 20 yrs for parole eligibility for capital murder). I don't believe this punk (Sheldon) will be in jail for very long so they got to make it count! Make his booty hurt like none other. Or maybe he'll get Dahmer'ed! One can only hope.

Anonymous said...

6:34 this is a perfect example of why I hate this satanic, holier than thou sick blog, maintained by a sick mother fucker who will soon be exposed for the slime rat he is.

Anonymous said...

Baby Judge: objections are “sustained” motions are “granted.”

Anonymous said...

Lighten up, Francis

You just made my decision to donate

Anonymous said...

Real classy @3:59. You could have said your piece without taking shots at judge Gowan.

Anonymous said...

The ability to get case delays is out of control.
It's become a legal tactic.
Whether a judge is just so limited in his knowledge of the law as to be unable to recognize a baseless motion or is too inept to control his courtroom or too cowardly to enforce the timelines he sets or is helping lawyers increase their billable hours in hopes of getting campaign contributions can't be discerned.
But, the length of time between filing charges or a suit and getting resolution keep getting longer.
Justice delayed IS justice denied.

Wiseowl said...

What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty???

Anonymous said...

to 8:03 am .... your chicken manure , 'the sky is falling' chicken little analysis of delays in the legal system is about as absurd as you conspiracy theory about campaign contributions. the legal system is inherently slow and has been since the days of king arthur and the knights of the roundtable. if you are that concerned about 'case delays' , maybe we could buy you a one- way ticket to a place that has fast track justice. may i suggest iran, cuba, north korea or red china.

Anonymous said...

wow, the Alston crowd is really coming out strong today! this should be an open and close case on a garden variety d-bag. i can't wait til this kid squeals like a piggie in the pen.

Anonymous said...

He transferred to Millsaps and played lacrosse - until Millsaps cut the lacrosse program. I've been told that he is no longer a student at Millsaps. I guess now he's sitting out until his legal issues are taken care of.

Anonymous said...

Millsaps only found out about his indictment and pending trial when Kingfish broke the news on this site some months ago. Had the story been reported in a timely manner by state and local media, it's doubtful the college would've admitted him.

Anonymous said...

9:13am....when exactly was the time of king Arthur and the round table?

Anonymous said...

to 2:59pm , im not here to teach history. look it up on that computer that is sitting right in front of you.

Anonymous said...

"...If the good old boy cabal conspires to free him...".
June 7, 2018 at 4:03 PM

Considering two of the surnames involved, I believe that instead of "good old boy cabal", you should have written "famiglia".


Anonymous said...

june 07 at 10:25pm makes a good point. douglas hodgkins, a millionaire, ritiluistic, psychopath, who raped and strangled jean gillies up at ole miss in the spring of '86 was allowed to buy his way out of prison via the parole board after a mere 21 years with the help of that drunken bum butch brown from natchez who used to be the commissioner of the mississippi department of transportation. may that sorry POS rot in hell. of the 5 parole board members at the time there were two who could not be bought. they were shannon warnock and the man from the gulf coast, but i cant remember his name. they fought to keep that animal in prison where he belonged. the 3 that voted to release him were bought and paid for. this occurred during the spring of 2009. may the 3 parole board members who released him rot in hell as well.

Anonymous said...

9:13 - I don't think there is any historical evidence that King Arthur and his round table existed. Kinda like Peter Rabbit, Tinkerbell, and the Wizard of Oz. I can vouch for the persistent utilization of delay tactics by defense attorneys to keep billing by the hour and keep their clients out of prison or shy of a monetary judgment against them as long as possible. It's pretty rare to see a plaintiff's attorney seek delay. They lack the incentive of defense counsel to do so.

Anonymous said...

4:04 - I will agree with you all day long about Butch Brown being a POS, and question his honesty.

But, and I have no idea of the names of the parole board members some ten or so years ago, but before accusing someone of participating in a bribery scheme - a felony - you should better be able to put up facts and evidence. Which, I would bet you cannot do. You just don't like the way they voted so therefore you claim - without a shred of evidence - that they were paid for their vote.

Prove me wrong. Bring forth the evidence that you have that they were paid for that vote.

Anonymous said...

to 5:28pm,,,,,,,,, well then explain why in 2009 , that three members of the parole board would have voted to release mississippis version of ted bundy, one douglas hodgkins, had they not been......ummmm compensated? you seem to be a little nieve when it comes to the political corruption which pervades every level of government in this banana republic called mississippi. may it digress?....... senator bill burgin, senator tommy brooks, ed peters, bobby delaughter, chris epps, the director of the department of marine resources, the 2 judges from the coast in the paul minor bribery scandal..... i could go on for an hour but my fingers are getting tired. and hey.... those are just the ones that got caught. think about all the ones that didn't .

Anonymous said...

I know Millsaps enrollment has foundered since I was there, but good grief they will do anything for a dollar now!

Anonymous said...

Sheldon was a student in good standing when he withdrew from Ole Miss and enrolled at Millsaps, thus he was admitted. No college does a criminal background check on every freshman or transfer student.

Anonymous said...

811, ok. You named eight corrupt politicians and/or administrators from over a four decade period, during which there were over four thousand individuals in the positions you included (legislators, DAs , Judges, and administrators. That is your basis for claiming three parole board members are corrupt and took bribes?

If this were not a website where you can make such liablous claims hiding behind your anonyous posting, you would never do so.

Frankly I don't know why the Parole Board voted to parole those individuals, but I will bet a hell of a lot of money it wasn't because they were paid to do it. And I'll be glad to discuss this on this sirlye or elsewhere, with names attached if you want to take me up on my offer, you set the amounts.

The parole board has a job to do that I would hate to have to serve - deciding whether or not to let a convicted felon out of prison. Some folks think their answer should always be 'NO' regardless of the case, facts, situation, or THE LAW. you evidently have a hard on about one particular case you disagree with them on - but you offer absolutely no fact -other than your opinion and distrust of government - to support your blatant claim of bribery.

Again I will suggest - put up or shut up. If there was,a case of bribery, I want those three folks to go to jail. But I'd there is no proof except the opinions in your empty head, I will not assume these folks of bring corrupt in performing their duties.

Anonymous said...

10:17 you forgot to provide your name while bashing anonymity and providing your opinions.

Anonymous said...

to 11:13am YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL BABY!!!!!!! that twerp at 10;17am thinks its some kind of perfect world out there. thank you for reminding him that it is not.

Anonymous said...

to 10:17......if anonymous posting bothers you so much, how come you do it yourself?






Anonymous said...

the guy at 10:17am needs some lessons and background in mississippi legal and political history. if he bothered to look into that subject here in the third world republic of mississippi he would not get quite so excited .

Anonymous said...

132 since you are so damn smart and we'll educated, why don't you give us all those lessons, rather than just blow crap out your rear end?

Still haven't seen anyone put up amy thing actual about the libelous claim that three parole board members are/were taking bribes. Just crap like your worthless statement.

Like We Did Last Summer.. said...

Y'all watch your language! There are preachers who don't allow dancing reading this blog!

Hiram Walker said...

Why-come summa y'all got a hard-on for the memory of Butch Brown? What the hell good is a politician wannabee at Tico's if he's not a bit of a bourbon expert?

Anonymous said...

Did he get found guilty or reach a plea bargain?

Anonymous said...

KF, do you know what ended up happening with this?

Kingfish said...

Still waiting...... and waiting......

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