Monday, June 11, 2018

Wife-beater Tries to Get Out of Prison

Brian Clark is appealing his sentence for aggravated domestic violence. Clark is serving a 10-year prison sentence for aggravated assault domestic violence.  His family owns Clark Oil & Gas and his uncle is the CEO of Butler Snow.   Such a pedigree didn't stop him from beating his wife to a bloody pulp in 2013.

 Clark was arrested in 2013 for beating his wife.   A grand jury indicted Clark in January 2014 (Indictment posted below.).    Clark claimed he was indigent. The court appointed a public defender to represent him although he was later represented by attorney Robert Ray.  The Columbus Packet reported on July 31, 2017: "The 37-year-old Clark, who listed on court documents that he makes $100,000 a month from his family’s oil and convenience store business, faces from two to 20 years in prison."  His family owns Clark Oil & Gas.  It is probably the dominant family in Wayne County.  This earlier post provides more information about what took place that night.

The case was continued 15 times. Mr. Clark was supposed to be sentenced on August 10 but Judge Kitchens continued the case until November 13.  The Court said that sentencing was postponed so Clark could complete his remaining 14 therapy sessions at the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl.  However, the Judge moved up his sentencing to September 12. 

Clark pleaded guilty in May 2017.  Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced him to serve 16 years in prison but suspended 6 years of the sentence on September 8, 2017.

However, The efforts to free Clark did not stop when he went to prison. Clark filed a notice of appeal on September 21, 2018.  He is represented by attorney John Collette.   His family attempted to get him transferred to the Wayne County Detention Center - a non-MDOC facility - but he was removed from Wayne County and placed back into the Kemper Correction Facility after the transfer was reported.  Check out the home-cooking.

Clark filed a petition for bail pending appeal on May 12, 2018.  He attempted to justify the granting of bail:

Mr. Clark has lived in the Waynesboro area his entire life. Mr. Clark's mother and father are also from Waynesboro, Mississippi. Mr. Clark is a full-time employee at Clark Oil Company, where he has been employed there for the last fifteen years. Mr. Clark is very close with his family, living only a few miles away from his parent's home. Mr. Clark has no prior felonies. Prior to Mr. Clark's plea in this matter he was released on bond for over four years and appeared before the court on every occasion required by the court. Mr. Clark has many friends and family members that live in the Waynesboro area that are willing to vouch for his appearance, character, and assurance he will comply with any bail condition. Mr. Clark's father, John Clark, and mother, Betty Clark, as well as Rep. Shane Barnett are willing to vouch for Mr. Clark's credibility. Don and Betty Clark will ensure that Mr. Clark as third party custodians will appear in court when required and report to MDOC if his appeal is unsuccessful.

Judge Kitchens has not yet ruled on the petition.  The Mississippi Court of Appeals will adjudicate the appeal.  Special Assistant Attorney General Jason Davis represents the State of Mississippi. 

Earlier posts
Clark removed from hometown jail. Check out the home-cooking.  
Beat a mama, go home to mama 
Wife-beater sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Wife-beater will be sentenced Friday.  
Judge sets Clark hearing for September 1.  
Court delays sentencing because wife-beater is going to therapy.  
Sentenced postponed for wife-beating thug.
Ex-GF got restraining order on Clark.
Will wife-beater get out of jail? 

Kingfish note: Don't forget the role of State Representative Jeff Smith.  The defense hired State Representative Jeff Smith as counsel February. Mr. Smith filed a motion for a continuance. His excuse? He could not attend court because he was serving in the legislature.  The continuance motion was filed on the same day that he filed his entry of appearance. Mr. Smith's daughter works for Butler Snow.  Smith was also the lawyer for the Columbus Packet.

Let's also not forget what he did.  Here are the bloody and graphic pictures of what he did that night.


Anonymous said...

He will stop beating women when he is 6 feet under and not before.

Anonymous said...

I'm not an attorney (and don't pretend to be one), so would someone mind explaining (please be nice!) how you appeal a guilty plea? If you admit you did it, how do you get the chance to appeal it?

Anonymous said...

@ 9:19 - generally, you can't. Or at least they tell you that you can't. What you really have to claim/prove is that your plea was involuntary/unknowing for some reason (your attorney lied to you, you weren't competent, someone coerced you, etc.). It's pretty difficult to succeed, and for good reason.

PotentPotables said...

Fella is an animal. Put him in GP somewhere and let the cons institute prison justice. Will save the state some green and his ex-wife will hopefully sleep better.

Anonymous said...

to 9:19am,,,,,,, he is appealing his sentence, not the guilty plea.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 9:37

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, explain your obsession with Mr. Clark please. Way too many articles on this one individual. Domestic violence happens all the time all over Mississippi but THIS case is so important as to require your constant attention. Why don't you let the justice system work and quit trying to influence the process.

Anonymous said...

He and young Alston Jr. would be good roomates.

Anonymous said...

@10:44, Mrs. Clark,
Mr. Kingfish is merely leveling the playing field for the victim. I suppose the same question could be asked of your family, "Why don't you let the justice system work and quit trying to influence the process?"

Anonymous said...

June 11, 2018 at 10:44 AM = Enabler

Anonymous said...

10:44. It's probably because this guy is trying to use his political connections in order to escape consequence for his violence. And frankly, it appears that his family is doing what they have always done -- enable him to be violent. The story is not one of domestic violence. It's a story of family, friends, snd politicos enabling this monster.

Anonymous said...

10:44 - KF can certainly speak for himself but I think the reason he stays on top of this story is because the criminal comes from a life of privilege and prestige, and his wealthy, well-connected family keeps trying to prevent him from serving his relatively light sentence. The punishment should fit the crime. This guy probably doesn't think he did anything wrong, or that his wife deserved the beating or provoked him, or some other sick justification for his conduct. He needs to rot in jail for a very long time.

Kingfish said...

I'm sure you don't mind me writing about the black teen thugs who murder and carjack in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

SOB looks crazy. Mom and Dad must be proud.

Anonymous said...

The asshole is a wife beater because its probably the example his Daddy set for him. Most wife beaters learn it from the man in their mothers lives.

Anonymous said...

It shouldn't take more than a few months of greybar rehab for this bitch to turn his life around. Let him out, he'll say he's found jeebus, he needs to get his record expunged so he can work hard at the family bidness. He can get married again, so on.

For sure it seems like he's got the kind of support system most convicts wish they had! His ass appears to have more people watching his back than Stormy Daniels walking naked through a Vegas Casino at 2AM. Hell that's not fair, she's got way more class than this low life convicted wife beater.

Once Junya Convenience Store and his shit don't stink anymore he's probably gonna be running for elected office in Bumfuk County.

That's how this goes in places like Bumfuk County.

Matter of fact, that's one of the reasons why places like Bum County Mississippi got to to be Bumfuk County Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Note to defendant- next time hire Collette before you get slapped with a sentence you
will later appeal.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish has a bias against men who kill, maim, or violently abuse women. How is that so hard to understand?

I think that Mr. Clark needs to be moved to Gen Pop at Parchman.

Anonymous said...

11:22, I grew up "rich" and "entitled." I drove a $500 VW Rabbit through high school and college, my parents never "gave" me anything, I always had to earn any money they gave me, I worked my ass off during the summers at my dad's company and was never paid more than any other employee. I didn't inherit his company and never expected to. And I never beat my wife, took drugs or killed anybody while driving drunk. My parents made sure I had everything I NEEDED, but not everything I WANTED, I was held accountable when I screwed up and rewarded when I did things right. Now I have my own group of companies and treat my kids just as I was treated when I was young. Even though I could afford to buy him a new (name your preferred luxury car here), my son drives a beat up former company truck with over 200,000 miles on it and is a responsible kid who makes good decisions.

Correlation isn't absolute causation, there are rich folks who aren't assholes.

DWF said...

Maybe Kingfish is writing about this, so another woman isn't killed by a POS woman beater like Heather Spencer was. George Bell should have been incarcerated and Heather should still be alive.

Anonymous said...

You clearly haven't been paying attention if you haven't figured out that Kingfish can't stand, and is obsessed with all women beaters.

Were more of us, there'd be less tolerance of it.

I'm not one to kiss anyone's ass, nor am I doing it now. But, you're going to have a very tough time convincing me that bird dogging every woman beater one possibly can isn't a noble pursuit. We've all got a Mom, some of us sisters, some of us daughters. None of us would want this sort of violence to find them.

Anonymous said...

What if a person googles Butler Snow and domestic violence?

Anonymous said...

Thank you DWF, you said it. And a huge thank you to KF, this is why we love the JJ!

Anonymous said...

When I go to Beau Rivage, I make sure I have enough gas in my car so I don’t have to spend any money, casino winnings or otherwise, at the Clark’s store across the street.

I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Actually, I don’t spend money at any Clark’s store, anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone ever google Butler Snow and home-cooking?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone ever Google Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe? Asking for a friend.

Anonymous said...

Boycot both Clark C stores and Butler Snow!!

Anonymous said...

6:43 - how do you boycott Butler Snow...stop paying state and local taxes??

Anonymous said...

I am glad that FF keeps reporting on this serious matter. What if the victim was your Daughter? Would you be charged for retaliation? Brian Clark has done this time and time again, He should be treated the same as any other convicted criminal.

Anonymous said...

6:43. Don't use them as your attorneys! They've got two employees that are tied up with the Timber Ponzi scheme. The you have Haley Barbour on the payroll! Every deal he put together went broke. Look at KIOR in Columbus - they owe the State of Mississippi over $70,000,,000 dollars! This makes the beef plant look like peanuts.

Anonymous said...

9:53....hmmm, A PEANUT PLANT - great idea!!! Lemme call Phil and see if I can get some FoF or FoH GoZone funding!


Anonymous said...

Has anyone spoken to the victim to see what her wishes are?

Anonymous said...

I wonder what happened during Clark's 18-day stay in Wayne Co. to prompt MDOC to demand the immediate return, in "full restraints" and escorted by 2 officers, back to Kemper?? Certainly the governor assistant's call on Jan 10 was motivational, but it didn't have the tone of "what the hell is going on here" that the communication on Jan 25 did. Surely mom's complaint about the food was not the reason he had to be returned immediately in full restraints. Escape attempt? Violence against another inmate?

Can you turn up any jailhouse scuttlebutt, KF?

Anonymous said...

In other spouse abuse/murder news, Louie Kuebler has been out of prison for a year and a half, with no retrial on the horizon.

Anonymous said...

This thread has more than the usual number of JJ/Kingfish apologists (AKA suckups). I count six. Usually there is only one, two at most, wearing the cheerleader skirt and applauding his work when a question arises.

Anonymous said...

TO JUNE 13 2018.... @ 5; are total bald faced liar. you are fake news. you wouldn't know the truth if it hit you in the face
louie kuebler is still incarcerated at the hinds county jail awaiting trial after his conviction was overturned by the supreme court in november of 2016. also the alleged victim was not his spouse. you are a total POS LIAR. but dont take my word for it , call the hinds county jail and you will see he is still there.

Anonymous said...

He even looks like a cretin loser who could never get a job beyond his family. Keep going after the deep state in our own state KF.

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