Deadbeat Parents Sentenced for Failing to Pay Child Support

By Daily Journal Report

Jackson, MS — Two of Mississippi’s deadbeat parents have answered in court, in separate cases, after failing to support their children, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Sha M. Helton, 46, of Long Beach, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today for Felony Non-Support of her child before Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois.
Judge Bourgeois sentenced Helton to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 21 days to serve, and the balance of the five years as suspended probation. The Judge also ordered the defendant to pay court costs.
During the five year sentence, Helton is to pay an additional $100 a month on top of her regular child support obligation until his arrearage of $11,000 is paid in full.
In a separate case, a Tupelo man also appeared in court today to answer to charges he has failed to support his child. Billy Carnathan pleaded guilty and was sentenced today for Felony Non-Support of his child before DeSoto County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Chatham.
Judge Chatham sentenced Carnathan to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, 38 days to serve in jail, and balance of the five years suspended, post release supervision. The Judge immediately ordered and the defendant paid $2,000 toward his back child support and court costs.
During the five year sentence, Caranthan is to pay an additional $200 a month on top of his regular child support obligation until his arrearage of $13,000 is paid in full.
“We are coming after deadbeat moms and dads alike,” said Attorney General Hood. “Do the right thing or we will make you.”
The Attorney General’s Child Desertion Unit under the leadership of Director and Special Assistant Attorney General Deshun T. Martin prosecuted this case.