Thursday, June 20, 2019

Stanford Gets Double Life for Killing Grandparents.

Rankin-Madison District Attorney John Bramlett issued the following statement.

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., announced today that 26-year-old Zachary Stanford, of Ocean Springs, received two life sentences for the 2015 murder of his grandparents. The sentence in count two will run concurrently with count one.

On June 23, 2015, neighbors found Robert and Peggy Faries dead in their home in the Greenfield community of Rankin County. Once Rankin County Deputies arrived on scene they noticed the home had been burglarized. Throughout the investigation their grandson Zachary Stanford became a suspect in the murders. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations arrived at the home to process the evidence at the crime scene.

The next day, the Magee Police Department alerted the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department that Stanford was stopped and ultimately arrested by members of the Magee Police Department on several traffic violations. During the traffic stop officers discovered, in the vehicle, bloody clothing, a knife and a .22 caliber firearm with a homemade suppressor attached. Stanford was questioned by Rankin County Deputies where he ultimately confessed.

District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr. stated, “Stanford committed heinous acts on two people for whom oved him very much. He killed his grandmother and grandfather in their own home and today he was held accountable for his actions.”

Bramlett added, “We would like to thank the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Magee Police Department for their excellent work in the investigation. The tireless work of law enforcement enabled our office to be able to secure this conviction.”

Kingfish note: The statement below was issued in 2015 upon his arrest.

On Tuesday June 23, 2015 at approximately 5:00 p.m. the Rankin County Sheriff's Office received a report of a deceased husband and wife at 1621 Highway 469 North, Pearl, MS. The sheriff and deputies responded to the scene and met with a family friend who stated that he had stopped by the house to check on the couple and when they didn't come to the door he walked around the back of the house and saw the wife's body lying on the floor covered in blood, the complainant immediately contacted a family member who unlocked the residence where the body of the husband was discovered in a bedroom.

Based on the injuries to the victims it was obvious that both had been murdered. The scene was secured and additional Rankin County Investigators and the MS Bureau of Investigations responded to the scene and began to process it.

During the investigation the grandson of the victims was identified as the suspect. The grandson is identified as Zachary Alexander STANFORD 22 year old male from 1508 South 7th Street Ocean Springs. STANFORD was stopped by the Magee Police Department for careless driving and during the stop officers noticed that he had blood on his clothes and in his vehicle. The Magee Police Department contacted the Rankin County Sheriff's Office and relayed this information. Rankin Deputies responded and transported STANFORD to the Rankin County Jail.

The victims in this case are identified as Robert FARIES 79 year old male and Peggy FARIES 77 year old female both of 1621 469 North Pearl, MS.


Anonymous said...

4 years for justice? wow.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't he get the death penalty? Now we have to pay a few million dollars to keep this POS alive for decades.

Unknown said...


Anonymous said...

to 7;53 motive? very simple. they would not give him money for drugs. another rankin county junkie. thats why marvin gaye is dead. shot by his father cause marvin wouldnt give him drug money. a prime example of why ordinary junkies are as dangerous as any hard core criminal. to hell with treatment for junkies. put em in a concentration camp.

Justice for Addicts said...

@9:31, concentration camps? Really? Not all addicts can beat their demons but all have the potential to recover and live productive lives and many ultimately do. Denying them treatment and just incarcerated them in mass detention facilities is not humane or American. It’s a rather simplistic Rankin County redneck way of dealing with an epidemic in our communities. Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

9:31 How do you figure that a punk from Ocean Springs is a “Rankin county junkie”?
How about trying to get your facts straight before you make posts.

Anonymous said...

to 2:05..... you want justice for addicts? well then check him ont of prison and take him home with you. you show nothing but sympathy for this poor lil boy. not a word about the slaughtered elderly couple. junkies are right up there with assorted vermin such as fire ants, rats, and nutria. they are a scourge on society. concentration camps not american you say? ask all those american citizens of japanese descent who were interned in camps during world war ii about that, you liberal bedwetter.

Anonymous said...

to 6:45........ ill concede your point. he was from the coast. of out thousands of junkies here in rankin county we just won't count him. i hope that mends your injured pride.

Anonymous said...

And, it took 4 years and lots of taxpayer money for this prolonged prosecution. There were some winners however, and they were all attorneys.

Anonymous said...

June 20, 2019 at 9:31 PM. Please help me understand. What is are "ordinary junkies?"
I am an alcoholic and drug addict, 33 years clean and sober. I am so grateful that I checked myself into a treatment center back then, and was not shipped off to a concentration camp as a criminal. I was never arrested, never got a DUI, never lived under a bridge drinking out of a paper bag, etc. I am 100% convinced, however, that if I had continued using I would have suffered those consequences and more. Alcoholism and drug addition are treatable. The addict has to want to recover. An addict has three possible outcomes: locked up, covered up, or sobered up.

I agree that the motive in this case was probably money for drugs, and that this fellow should be subject to the consequences of his actions. Please define an "ordinary junkie." Who would decide if a junkie/alcoholic/drug addict should be offered treatment or sent to a concentration camp? A jury of his peers?

Albert Schweitzer said...

The soft thinking that most people have includes the very soft idea that drug usage is a "victimless crime."

Two things are readily apparent:
1. Our present treatments for these addicts is failing and
2. The people who fall victim to this perverted form of compulsive behavior, i.e. addicts, are often on the sociopathic end of the spectrum, and have little or no empathy for normal people. Grandparenticide should make that clear to the most dense.
They should be treated with the same respect they treat others, which is without empathy.

And, FWIW, one of the huge differences in mortality and morbidity between cigarette and cigar smoking is the act of inhaling, and introducing the smoke deep into the lungs. Ever seen anyone smoke marijuana? They seem to inhale more deeply than cigarette smokers.
Prediction: within the next decade we shall see huge numbers of dope smokers with debilitating or deadly pulmonary diseases.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if they will help drug addiction but I love the idea of reeducation camps as a half-step short of prison to properly socialize folks who suffered from a lack of proper upbringing.

Beats prison cold. AND since you wouldn't need a felony conviction for admission you could get out and vote, own a gun, serve on juries. Such camps would provide jobs -- for guards and such -- and teach valuable skills, like working.

PLUS, in light of the US Supreme Court's Curtis Flowers opinion we could send halfwit DA's, judges, and AGs for law school refresher courses.

I'm in favor.

Anonymous said...

You are a complete moron 9:07am and the other cold son of a bitch above (if you aren't the same). I am as conservative as they come. I am 43 years old and for my entire life have listened to the "war on drugs" bullshit. What has failed is that. Probation didn't work and enriched and even created the mafia. The war on drugs created the cartels and gangs. It's thinking such as yours that has done the most damage.

Not all people who drink and use drugs are addicts, and certainly not all addicts are sociopaths (moronic). Some people just have a good time and lead perfectly normal, productive lives. Some people have mental imbalances that cause them to go down the hole to addiction.

If all users and addicts were criminals and sociopaths, we would live in a state of anarchy. Why am even bothering. Dumb asses like you never learn, as evidenced by doing the same thing over and over for the last 100 years and getting no where close to solving anything, just making it worse.

Unknown said...

9:31, Marvin Gaye’s father was an addict?

Anonymous said...

What I do not understand is why prisoners are not still required to work, even hard, menial work, to support themselves even partially. I also think pot ought to be legal, taxed and regulated, but this guy didn't kill his grandparents for pot money.

Anonymous said...

10:38am here...Prohibition not probation....mind was racing with the idiocy of concentration camps for drug bad.

Just came back to see if KF actually posted my comments (he rarely does) and noticed the error.

Furthermore, I would wager that dolt drinks alcohol from time to time. Hypocrites are the worst of the worst. I would also wager that he is baptist. of course, those two designations are synonymous with each other.

I have had relatives, friends, and numerous associates deal with issues of addiction. Have even known a few who died from it. I have never known any that killed anyone over it. And the vast majority were eventually able to clean up, have families of their own, start business or become good employees, and contribute to our society. They would have never had the chance to do so in that guy's narrow, uneducated view of the world.

Anonymous said...

95% of junkies go right back to using drugs the moment they get out of rehab. open a rehab clinic. you will have lots of repeat customers

Mbrookes said...

8:46, congratulations on your sobriety. The thing you said that got my attention is that the addict must really want to be clean. That is a major key, since getting and staying clean is totally not easy. I wish there were a way to tell who is really motivated. Then a decision as to incarceration or rehabilitation could be made.

Anonymous said...

Please stop with this whole "HE COMMITED MURDER SO HE MUST BE A DRUG ADDICT/JUNKIE" notion. It is an unfounded belief started by one comment making a claim that everyone seems to immediately believe, bandwagon style. Having known him semi-personally, it is more likely a mental condition since he was always quiet and dealt with extreme anger outbursts at times. He should have received attention from a doctor who could have helped treat his issues and prevented all of this.

Anonymous said...

Rehabilitation should take place (if at all) inside the larger circle of incarceration...not separate and apart or as an alternative. Draw a circle on a piece of paper. That's incarceration. Put a dot in the circle, anywhere. That's rehabilitation.

Under our laws, we shouldn't sentence convicts (those are people who've been convicted) to rehabilitation. If a prisoner decides he is open to rehabilitation, that's a decision he makes totally on his own, not a decision the state makes for him based on how they might view his sincerity.

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