By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – A Tupelo man’s guilty pleas and a probation revocation brought a 45-year sentence Friday in circuit court of Lee County.
Leonard E. Brown, 29, will spend at least the next 30 years in prison, if not more, District Attorney Trent Kelly predicted after the hearing.
Brown pleaded guilty to the 2011 aggravated assault on two women as they gave him a ride from a West Main business’ parking lot.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing one’s 1999 Chevy Malibu.
Brown was sentenced to 20 years on the assault charge and five more for grand larceny, then had another 20 years tacked on for revocation of his probation from a 2008 kidnapping conviction.
Prior to his sentencing, his victims told him they had forgiven him but that his prison time was for a purpose.
According to his April 18, 2012, indictment, on Dec. 17, 2011, Brown asked two the women for a ride.
As they traveled West Main near Bissell Road, he reportedly pulled a 9 mm handgun and struck one woman, then shot her in the head.
He also reportedly threatened the other woman with the gun and stole the vehicle.
Brown’s defense attorney urged leniency, saying his client suffered mental problems associated with military service.
Next week, the February term of circuit court begins with at least a couple of trials expected.
The docket contains 459 cases, many for defendants who will enter guilty pleas to avoid trial and others that will be delayed for various reasons.