OF JUDGMENT: 08/31/2017
GRENADA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, HON. GEORGE M. MITCHELL JR.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
ERIN E. BRIGGS
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
ABBIE EASON KOONCE
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: DOUG EVANS
Enricko Hollis was convicted of touching a child for lustful
purposes. Hollis appealed, and his appellate counsel filed a
brief pursuant to Lindsey v. State, 939 So.2d 743
(Miss. 2005). Hollis's counsel asserts she has searched
the record but is unable to find any arguable issues for
appellate review. Hollis was given the opportunity to file a
pro se brief but declined. We find no error and affirm.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
In July 2016, thirteen-year-old Melanie went to
Hollis's house to visit and play with Hollis's
fiancee's son. Hollis and Melanie's mother had
previously been in a relationship and have a son. Their son,
Melanie's half-brother, was also at Hollis's house,
along with some other children. Hollis was the only adult
According to Melanie, she was sitting on the couch in the
living room watching television when Hollis came over and
touched her breasts with his hands. When Melanie got up to go
into another room, Hollis grabbed Melanie by the waist, took
her into the master bedroom, laid her on the bed, unbuttoned
her pants, and pulled out his penis. Hollis then touched her
breasts and rubbed her legs with his hands. When Hollis heard
someone coming, he pulled up his pants. Melanie went into the
bathroom and cried. Melanie did not tell anyone what had
happened because she was embarrassed. It was not until her
mother found messages from Hollis on Melanie's cell phone
that Melanie revealed what had happened.
Melanie's mother contacted the Grenada Police Department.
After speaking with both Melanie and her mother, Detective
Kenith Sanders interviewed Hollis. Hollis waived his
Miranda rights and provided both a recorded statement
and a written statement to Detective Sanders. In both
statements, Hollis admitted to touching Melanie's
breasts. Hollis further admitted to texting Melanie and
exchanging nude pictures with her.
The recorded interview was conducted at 8:20 p.m. on July 25,
2016, and lasted approximately twenty minutes. Following his
recorded statement, Hollis provided a written statement. In
his written statement, Hollis asserted that
"[e]verything started out innocent (texting)."
Hollis explained that after he "touched her
breasts," he "texted a lot of different stuff but
never touched her in any other way." Hollis acknowledged
that he "was stupid for ever texting a 13-year old"
and was "[r]eally sorry for all this mess [he] ha[s]
At trial, the recorded statement and the written statement
were admitted into evidence and published to the jury.
Following the admission of the statements, Hollis testified
and denied ever touching Melanie. Although he acknowledged
that he was not forced in any way to give the statements,
Hollis testified that he felt pressured to give a statement
because Detective Sanders "kept asking [him] the same
questions." Hollis further testified that he was