Kathryn Joyce Cookson, 82

Born December 24, 1937

Died May 22, 2020

Terry Lee Shipman, 65

Born June 2, 1954

Died May 19, 2020

Shirley Ann Jackson, 79

Born July 19, 1940

Died May 18, 2020

Robert Lloyd Cox, 47

Born June 23, 1972

Died May 17, 2020

Leon Gilyard, 77

Born February 8, 1943

Died May 16, 2020

Earnest L. Edwards, Sr., 81

Born February 8, 1939

Died May 16, 2020

Rhunella Lillian Bailey, 83

Born August 9, 1936

Died May 16, 2020

Reverend Dr. Ray K. Gaines, 81

Born July 29, 1938

Died May 12, 2020

Hoy Gene Parson, 78

Born October 15, 1941

Died May 11, 2020

Louise Ward, 91

Born August 25, 1928

Died May 11, 2020

Anna Belle Perry, 82

Born August 16, 1937

Died May 11, 2020


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Thursday, January 9, 2020, 9:11 AM

Jacob Staton

Jacob Staton, 24, Douglas Sail Jr., 41, Ashley Burks, 33, and Ashley Johnson, 46, have all been charged with conspiracy in an attempt Jan. 4 to rob Sammy Henry, owner of Sammy’s Jewelry, as he left the Dollar General Store on South York Street.

According to an affidavit filed with the cases, the four were in a gray Kia Soul and pulled into the store, waiting for Henry to leave. Henry exited the store, put his purchases in the passenger side of his car, and when he went around to get into the driver’s side, prosecutors allege Staton got out of the Soul wearing a dark hoodie and a face mask, armed with a gun, demanding Henry give him all his money.

When Henry refused, prosecutors allege, Staton punched him in the face with the pistol, and as Henry tried to run away, he fired two rounds, both of which missed Henry. Staton is then accused of trying to get back into the Soul, but couldn’t, so he ran on foot, only to get back in the car about a block away.

Sail and Johnson have both been arrested. Warrants are out for Burks and Staton.

Staton has a previous conviction for falsely personating another to create liability, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison on Aug. 2, 2017.

Sail has numerous previous convictions, including trafficking oxycodone, for which he received 15 months in prison, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, for which he got five years suspended, but that suspension was revoked in 2013; possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony, 10 years suspended, revoked in 2013; conspiracy, 10 years suspended, revoked in 2012; second-degree burglary, for which he got seven years; kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery domestic by strangulation, for which he received 26 years in prison.

Johnson has numerous previous convictions, including second-degree burglary, three years; larceny from the house, 5 years; uttering a forged instrument (three separate convictions, for which she received a total of 18 years); taking or receiving a stolen credit card (six separate convictions, for which she received a total of 48 years).

Burks was previously convicted of larceny of an automobile, for which she received 8 years; possession of contraband by an inmate, for which she received 5 years; and possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, for which she received 10 years.