Man sentenced in statutory rape case


A Union man was sentenced to life in prison plus 60 years following his conviction in Circuit Court earlier this month on four counts of statutory rape.


A jury found Donald Jolly, 47, guilty on all four charges. He was sentenced to life in prison on the first count. He was then sentenced plus 20 years on each of the other three counts.


Jolly was arrested in January 2020 by the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department.


He was indicted by a Neshoba County grand jury last summer on four separate incidents between April 2018 and October 2019, on having sexual relations with a female under the age of 14.


“It was the sentencing intent that he spend the rest of his life in prison,” said District Attorney Steven Kilgore.


In other court action:


• Austin Watkins, 29, was found guilty of sale of heroin. He was sentenced to eight years in prison;


• Justus Barfield, 27, was found guilty after the fact of murder. Barfield was one of nine people who were indicted in the murder of DeMarquis Houston, whose body was found weighed down in a pond on a farm in the Hope Community. Barfield was sentenced to 20 years in prison with five suspended, 15 to serve; and,


• Trinity Byrd, 25, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. Byrd was sentenced to five years in prison.

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