MDOC ex-officer stole inmate IDs

Former Mississippi Department of Corrections employee Janice Singleton will be sentenced Feb. 27 on federal charges related to using inmates’ records to file false income tax returns and obtain money.
Singleton, 42, a Jackson tax preparer, was a corrections officer at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County prior to her arrest on state charges in February 2007.



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Former jail warden gets 20 years

PASCAGOULA — Former Jackson County jail Warden Randy McClendon will spend the next 20 years in prison for shooting to death his wife, Angelia McClendon, at the couple’s Gautier home on Oct. 12, 2006.

Special Judge Roger Clark imposed the maximum sentence late this morning after hearing statements from the victim’s family as well as a psychiatrist who said he treated Randy McClendon after the shooting. The judge noted that McClendon never offered an apology when he pleaded guilty a week earlier to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Instead, McClendon said he was calling his wife’s bluff during a fight at their home on Cockleshell Road in Gautier the night of the killing.

Angelia McClendon’s family asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence despite pleas from the defense for a lighter sentence because of Randy McClendon’s exemplary record in law enforcement in his 30-plus year career.


Ex-warden pleads guilty in wife’s death

PASCAGOULA — Former Jackson County jail warden Randy McClendon has pleaded guilty to the Oct. 12, 2006, shooting death of his wife, Angelia McClendon, 41.

The 55-year-old Gautier resident was first charged with murder but pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of manslaughter before Harrison County Circuit Judge Roger Clark, who was appointed to preside over the case.

In exchange for the plea, Special Prosecutor Lee Young recommended that McClendon serve 20 years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine.

McClendon is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on Oct. 21.

Clark has allowed McClendon to remain free on a $100,000 bond.

Neither McClendon nor relatives of the deceased could be reached for comment Wednesday.

McClendon was 53 when he shot and killed his wife, a longtime Jackson County court reporter, at their home on Cockleshell Road.

According to court records, McClendon said he shot his wife once.

After the shooting, those who knew the couple were shocked, saying the couple appeared to be happy.

McClendon’s attorney, Calvin Taylor, has said that his client had to call police in the past because of domestic problems.

Taylor at the time even suggested that McClendon had been the victim of spousal abuse, something the victim’s family has denied.

The shooting occurred after McClendon retired as warden in June 2006.

McClendon said he was retiring so he could spend more time with his wife and their dog, Donnie.

Since his release on bond, McClendon has been allowed to go to Arkansas to stay with family until his court appearances.

Ex-corrections officer charged in inmate bribes

A former corrections officer with the Federal Correctional Complex in Yazoo City made his first appearance in court today.

Raymond Morton was indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury on charges of agreeing to receive and accept bribes from a federal inmate and attempting to provide prohibited objects to an inmate, U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton said.

If convicted of the bribery charge, Morton faces a maximum 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge for giving prohibited objects to an inmate carries a maximum six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.


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