STEVEN VINCENT ANDERSON A/K/A STEVEN V. ANDERSON A/K/A STEVEN ANDERSON APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 08/19/2016
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT HON. DAL
WILLIAMSON TRIAL JUDGE
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER
BENJAMIN A. SUBER GEORGE T. HOLMES MOLLIE M. McMILLAN
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
KATY TAYLOR GERBER
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: ANTHONY J. BUCKLEY
IRVING, P.J., CARLTON AND GREENLEE, JJ.
Steven Anderson challenges his convictions for driving under
the influence (DUI) and possession of methamphetamine. The
Jones County Circuit Court sentenced him as a habitual
offender to serve eight years in the custody of the
Mississippi Department of Corrections, without eligibility
for parole or probation, ordering the sentence to run
consecutively to a prior sentence. The court also ordered him
to pay a $25, 000 fine and serve forty-eight hours in the
custody of the Jones County Adult Detention Center. Anderson
moved for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV) or,
in the alternative, a new trial. The court denied his motion,
and Anderson appeals.
He alleges that: (1) his eight-year sentence is
disproportionate to the crime of methamphetamine possession;
and (2) the verdicts were against the overwhelming weight of
the evidence. We affirm the circuit court's judgment.
AND PROCEEDINGS BELOW
Two vehicles collided on a country road near several homes.
In one was the lifeless body of eighteen-year-old Isaac
Holloway. From the other emerged Steven Anderson. Neighbors
rushed to the wreck and watched as Anderson threw unknown
objects into the woods, searched in his car, and mumbled
about looking for his phone charger and insurance papers.
One neighbor-who was a paramedic-seeking to render aid,
approached Anderson as he was rambling around in his vehicle.
She asked him to step out of the vehicle. He refused, but the
paramedic's further insistence caused Anderson to become
irate. He elbowed the ...