Court of Appeals upholds conviction of Union man
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:00 AM
JACKSON - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the statutory rape and sexual battery convictions of a Union man charged in sex crimes involving two children under the age of 14.
A Neshoba County jury convicted Kenneth M. Hines in 2012. Hines was tried as a habitual offender after being convicted three times previously of felony crimes. He was given two consecutive life sentences.
The Appeals Court rejected Hines' arguments of a defective indictment and that prosecutors didn't prove his guilt.
Court records show the two minor children testified at Hines' trial.
The Appeals Court says it was up the jury to decide whose testimony to believe. The Appeals Court says it cannot find fault with the jury's verdict
Circuit Court Judge Vernon Cotten sentenced Hines to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in both cases. The life sentences were to run consecutively.
Judge Cotten also ordered Hines to receive intensive counseling and therapy for his sexual addiction while incarcerated and any other appropriate counseling deemed necessary while in the custody of the state Department of Corrections.
Cotten noted that Hines had been convicted three times previously of felony crimes where he served separate terms of one year or more for each.
On March 14, 1991, he was convicted of arson and sentenced to serve 10 years in the state penitentiary. Also on that date, he was convicted of grand larceny and sentenced to serve five years, to run concurrently with the sentence for arson.
On April 16, 2001, Hines was convicted of two counts of grand larceny in Newton County. He was sentenced to three years in prison on each count, which were to run concurrently.