Thursday, March 30, 2017

Carjacker was a platinum member of the catch & release program.

It is becoming too much of a familiar story in Hinds County.  Hoodlum commits crime.  Police does its job and catches him.  Hoodlum stays in prison for a year or two.  He gets back out on the street and terrorizes the community some more until he is locked up again.  The case of Denarious Watts is one of the better examples of the Hinds County Catch & Release program.  JPD issued this statement yesterday:

On Friday, March 17, 2017, at approx. 12:32 AM, Jackson Police Officers investigated an armed carjacking that occurred at Woodridge Apartments, 1533 Raymond Rd. The victim stated that two armed black males, along with another unarmed black male robbed her for her belongings and took her 2016 red Hyundai Elantra with a Herrin Gear paper tag. There were no injuries reported. The suspects all wore dark colored clothing.

On Friday, March 17, 2017, at approx. 5:51 AM, Jackson Police Officers investigated an armed carjacking that occurred in the 4900 block of Laurel Oak Dr. The victim, as she exited her residence, observed an armed black male suspect pointing a handgun at her eight year old son’s head demanding the vehicle. The suspect was standing near the driver’s side of the vehicle demanding that he get out of the rear seat of the vehicle. The eight year old exited the vehicle, and the suspect fled the scene in her 2014 silver Honda Accord. There were no injuries reported. The victim observed a red Hyundai, occupied by two black males, matching the description of an earlier carjacked vehicle near this location fleeing the scene along with her vehicle. The Honda Accord was recovered on Monday, March 20, 2017 at an undisclosed location.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Precinct One officers, acting on a tip detained Javaris Thompson- 19, at a South Jackson residence. He was detained for questioning regarding these two incidents. Robbery/Homicide Detectives were able to recover evidence linking Thompson to the Woodridge Apartments carjacking. He was questioned and booked into the city jail on unrelated charges. He was later charged with Arm Carjacking and Poss. of Stolen Goods.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the stolen red Hyuandai Elantra was recovered in Simpson County. It was occupied by a black male juvenile, and Denarious Watts-21. They were both detained for questioning. Subsequently, Denarious Watts was later developed and identified as one of the suspects responsible for robbing the victim. He has been charged with Armed Robbery of an Individual and Auto Theft. Javaris Thompson was also developed and identified as one of the suspects. He has also been charged with Armed Robbery of an Individual and Auto Theft in addition to the previous charges.

Watts was indicted in December 2013 for five counts of house burglary in Clinton that were committed in August of that year.* The case just lingered around as it they often do in Judge Kidd's court and was finally adjudicated on August 31.  Watts pleaded guilty to four counts of house burglary and prosecutors agreed to drop one of the counts.  Judge Kidd sentenced him to serve 15 years in prison and 3 years of post-release supervision buuuuut he suspended 8 years of the prison sentence.  Watts only had to serve seven years in but Judge Kidd gave him credit for time served in the Hinds County jail.

 Watts became eligible for parole on June 6, 2016 and was released on August 24, 2016.  He only had to serve one year with a GPS monitor upon his release.  You read that correctly.  He pleaded guilty to four house burglaries, served less than three years in prison, and is committing more felonies as he graduates from so-called non-violent crimes to armed robbery.

*There were two separate indictments.  13-701 had one count and 13-720 had four counts.

 Kingfish note: Forget catch & release, this suspect went through a revolving door.  The police did their job on this case only to get backstabbed by the criminal justice system.  This outcome is what the proponents of HB #585 desired.  The next time one of these Republicans who voted for this bill brags about being tough on crime, shove this case in their face. The only one who voted against it in the Jackson metro area was Rep. John Moore. 

The Jackson Mayoral candidates will preach mightily about what they plan to do about crime but not one of them -not one- will raise hell about catch and release.  They won't criticize the District Attorney, they won't criticize the judges, they won't even acknowledge the problem.

The District Attorney and MDOC need to come get their boy and throw his ass back in jail for the rest of his 15-year sentence.  Go file that notice or affidavit with Judge Kidd and make it happen.  These thugs think nothing of pointing a gun at a child's head and threatening to kill him.  Treat them as the scum that they are. 


Anonymous said...

Winston Kidd strikes again. How's that "gettin' even" plan working out?

Anonymous said...

Put a robe on him and call him a judge.

Anonymous said...

These thugs think they are "men". They needed a gun to get an 8-year old out of a car. Let that sink in for a moment.

Seriously, we need to start executing some of these guys the next day.

Uncle Crack Ledbetter said...

Heck, even executin' the wrongly convicted man serves its purpose sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Great example of why we need an island far, far away to dump these creatures on and leave them there permanently.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish nailed it: "It's a revolving door." And it happens all the time. I had a Nissan stolen in the Fondren area last September. Three months later, after the insurance company called and said (now) their car was in the Jackson impound lot, and had been for over a month. The perp had a lengthy rap sheet and was already back on the street. I had to help get the car released from impound and the insurance company said this city and New Orleans were the worst in the nation to deal with. Long story short when we checked the trunk there were burglary tools galore and even a hot TV and some other entertainment stuff. Dude will never be prosecuted according to a very helpful detective. Cops did their job, but courts failed,

Anonymous said...

The original sentence is probably what most counties around here with have done for a person this age. Kid messed up after he as given a decent deal and now deserves to be revoked for entire sentence. Also, law requires credit be given for time served prior to being sentenced. Really cant blame the Judge in this instance.

Anonymous said...

Kidd and Green: ruining Hinds County one decision at a time.

Anonymous said...

Judicial terrorism.

Starring Role.. said...

If Jackson were Dodge City in 1879, what would be the name of the movie?

Anonymous said...

52% of all felons have been arrested multiple times. Mississippi's prison population has increased more than any other State's.
It became necessary years ago, to try to reduce the prison population as the costs are increasing.
Hinds County isn't the only county with " catch and release". And, when you try to be " fair" to every county about how many of their criminals you can incarcerate in prison, bad things happen.
You don't want tax increases to build more prison space. You don't want to put money in on the front end to keep kids off the street. You don't want to prevent unwanted pregnancies where the unwanted kid grows up neglected and abused. So this is what you get.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

Not justifying the idiot's actions, because jail is for suckers and anybody that does anything to place themselves in there are stupid.

But with poverty comes crime and needless to say, Mississippi is piss poor and they want to run this state on air and prayer, not money and logic.

We have Back the Badge laws - but make access to firearms easy

We increase budgets for DPS and increase trooper pay - but don't do anything to remedy the crime

We give tax cuts to companies that haven't even created jobs nor based in Mississippi

Mississippi doesn't believe in passing preventive legislation but practices reactionary legislation - which shows that the state is unorganized and not focused on solving problems.

You get what you pay for when it comes to essential services - thanks to the good ol' boy Christian Conservative Mississippi Center for Public Policy, along with the American Legislative Exchange Council and Heritage Foundation.

People - wake up and do your homework on those groups! They are keeping this state in the doldrums.

Anonymous said...

Executions eliminate recidivism.

Anonymous said...

I bet he has trouble finding a job with 2 felonys on his record. How is he suppose to get on the straight and narrow if nobody will hire him? If no employer wants to give him a chance to prove hinself, what's he suppose to do? Pray the poor away?

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