Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
BOONEVILLE – Three adult students and a juvenile student at Northeast Mississippi Community College all have been released from police custody after being charged in the assault of a campus police officer, said Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey.
The 17-year-old juvenile was released to the custody of his parents after being charged with assault on a police officer.
The three adults were released on $25,000 bond each, after being charged with assault on a police officer and hindering prosecution, Ramey said.
The three adult suspects are Willis Tomaz Cork, of Weir, 19; Rico Quartez Kimble, 20, of Belden; and Marquez Desean Holland, 19, of Shannon.
Officers from the Booneville Police Department were dispatched about 3 a.m. Friday morning after receiving a report of an assault on a campus police officer.
The Booneville officers took four suspects into custody, and the injured officer was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville, where he was treated and later released.
Charges were filed against the four suspects later Friday, Ramey said, and the case will be presented to the Prentiss County grand jury.
“The dean of students will review the official police report and determine appropriate disciplinary action, inform the students and carry out that action confidentially,” said Northeast spokesman Tony Finch. “There is an appeal process in place and if initiated, its results will also be kept confidential out of respect for our students and their families.”
The Northeast student handbook includes a Code of Student Conduct, and the following is an excerpt relative to a student guilty of assault.
“The following actions are violations of the Code of Student Conduct. These violations may result in warnings, fines, probation, restrictions, temporary suspension, suspension, a student being asked to withdraw from college, and/or re-admission being denied. Criminal proceedings and/or arrest may be incurred for some offenses.
“Physical assault, abuse or detention of any person on college-owned or controlled property or at any college-sponsored or supervised function, or conduct which endangers the health or safety of any person.”