Woman found guilty in robbery, kidnapping case
by Jessica Loeding
May 16, 2013 | 2580 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After exonerating her sister, Joni Mae Earwood was found guilty in the robbery and kidnapping of an elderly man in June 2011.

Assistant District Attorney Mickey Thacker said Wednesday that Earwood had testified her sister, Mindy Earwood, had no involvement in the June 4, 2011, robbery, battery and kidnapping of the then-79-year-old victim.

According to the indictment, Earwood and accomplices abducted the man, driving him to a location near his Taylorsville home before beating him and robbing him of cash.

Earwood had been charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment — special presentment, robbery and battery.

The investigator on the case, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jonathan Rogers, said Wednesday that authorities are seeking three suspects — two men and a woman — said to have been involved in the incident.

He said warrants have been taken on one male suspect located out of state.

Thacker said Earwood was sentenced to 30 years with 10 years to serve.

Defendants plead in three cases

Other cases expected to be heard this week in Bartow County ended with pleas by defendants.

In Bartow County Superior Court Judge Carey Nelson’s courtroom, three cases ended after the defendants pled out.

Kenneth Dewayne Henry and Miranda Dawn Henry entered guilty pleas in a case stemming from the molestation of a girl under 16 between July 2010 and June 2012.

Kenneth Henry pled guilty to four counts of incest, three counts of aggravated child molestation, four counts of aggravated sexual battery, six counts of child molestation, sexual exploitation of children and first-degree cruelty to children. He was sentenced to life with 25 years to serve.

Miranda Henry pled guilty to nine counts of child molestation, three counts of felony sexual battery and first-degree cruelty to children. She was sentenced to 40 years with 20 years to serve.

Also in Nelson’s courtroom, Simon Peter Warren was sentenced to 20 years, serve 10 after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, criminal trespass, possession of methamphetamine by ingestion, first-degree cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In Judge David Smith’s court, a jury found Jason Van Maddox guilty of burglary. A sentencing date is yet to be determined.

Court will resume at 9 a.m. today.