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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Breaking News: Johnson pleads guilty to manslaughter

A Tunica man has accepted a plea bargain for his involvement in the death of his wife.
Sylvester Johnson, 52, of Tunica will serve up to 20 years for manslaughter. Johnson was arrested and charged with murder in the June 2 shooting of Rhonda Layton Johnson, 47, of Tunica. He entered a guilty plea in Bolivar County on Oct. 13.

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Johnson's trial was slated to begin next week. He was being represented by David Tisdell of Tunica. Brenda Mitchell, the governor's appointee as district attorney, handled the case for the state of Mississippi.
Johnson was ordered to pay restitution of $8758 and $500 in court fees. Manslaughter also carries a $10,000 fine.
Johnson was arrested around 9 p.m. on June 2 after authorities discovered his wife's body in their home at 1075 Terrell Drive in Tunica. She was employed as the lead agent for the Transportation Security Administration at Tunica Airport prior to her death and was the mother of a son and a daughter.
Mr. Johnson was a longtime employee of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and had retired from his post.


 

A Hero's Homecoming

Today Tunica turned out in mass to honor Pvt. William Brandon Dawson who was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 24. Thank you, Private Dawson for all you did to keep our nation free. We will never forget.

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Winds of change rippling thru county waters


Times, they are a changin’ in Tunica County.
On Friday, Oct. 1,  the Board of Supervisors formally acknowledged the retirement of Tax Assessor Betty Gayle Fields. They appointed Ken Murphree to fill the position until county elections are held in November 2011. A resolution honoring Fields’ years of service was read at a reception following the board meeting. (See resolution in next week’s edition.)
On Monday, Oct. 4, supervisors learned that county voting districts may change due to U.S. Census figures. Board attorney Andy Dulaney explained that the census bureau keeps ongoing county population estimates. Based on those, Tunica County will have to redistrict, but Dulaney noted there is a “low threshold” for changes. The official U.S. Census report is slated to be released by April 1, 2011.

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Tunica to honor soldier


The life and legacy of Army private William Brandon Dawson will be celebrated by friends and family this weekend.
Dawson’s body will arrive at the Tunica Airport at 9:05 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. Sheriff K.C. Hamp will provide an escort from the airport to Henderson Funeral Home. Citizens are asked to line the route and may wave flags to show their support. Groups will gather along White Oak Road, in front of Rosa Fort High School, in front of Tunica Elementary School, and on Main Street in Tunica between 9:20 and 10 a.m.

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