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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Slipped through the legal cracks

  • Charges remain pending against Michael Hesbrook following the stabbing of two Tishomingo men Tuesday afternoon. Hesbrook is being held on a $100,000 bond according to Capt. Johnny Russell of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department.


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  • Charges remain pending against Michael Hesbrook following the stabbing of two Tishomingo men Tuesday afternoon. Hesbrook is being held on a $100,000 bond according to Capt. Johnny Russell of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department.
     
    Hesbrook is accused of  stabbing Daniel Bayer and Billy Flowers. Bayer was airlifted to a hospital in Plano, Texas and admitted in stable but critical condition. Flowers was treated at Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore and was not listed as a patient in the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
     
    Charges pending against Hesbrook are felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer.
     
    The stabbing incident took place mere days after Hesbrook was released from the Johnston County Jail. He was order to serve a 30-day sentence on March 9 for assault and battery and released four days early for good behavior, Russell said.
     
    The assault and battery is one of multiple charges that have landed Hesbrook in and out of jail since 1994. The disconcerting issue is that Hesbrook has three outstanding warrants for his arrest. One warrant was issued in Stephens County on Jan. 31, 2008, for failure to pay on a driving under the influence. Marshall County filed a warrant on Sept. 25, 2008, including a $20,000 bond for failure to pay child support and on Sept. 7, 2009. Pontotoc County filed a warrant based on $28,970 owed in a divorce.
     
    Exactly how to explain Hesbrook’s ability to stay out of jail for those warrants appears to be a mystery that stems from a lack of communication.
     
    The Johnston County Sheriff’s Department maintains employees followed procedure when processing Hesbrook into the jail.
     
    “We go through the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) to see if they have a warrant,” Johnston County Undersheriff Teddy Leonard said. “As far as I know, we send out a deal to the counties to see if they have a warrant on them. If we don’t get a response, we don’t see a reason to hold them.”
     
    Leonard also said that the dispatchers send out the request when someone’s name shows up with a warrant. But that appeared to come as a surprise to officials in Marshall and Pontotoc County.
     
    “We have not got anything that I am aware of,” Marshall County Sheriff Bob Wilder said. “They will call us and ask if they want us to put a hold on him and Johnston County never called us.”
     
    Pontotoc County also indicated they had not received a hold request from Johnston County. Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said he had no idea because he was away from the office but that the name Hesbrook was not familiar to him.
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    By Wednesday afternoon, Russell reported that Marshall County had placed a hold on Hesbrook and he heard Pontotoc County was expected to do the same.
     
    The Marshall County warrant, which is for failure to make child support payments, comes under the purview of Assistant District Attorney Scot Sampson. Sampson contacted Marshall County upon learning Hesbrook was in confinement to expedite the hold.
     
    “I called Marshall County to make sure the warrant was good with them and they said that they would request it immediately,” Sampson said. “I wouldn’t say a case like this is unusual, but it is disappointing.”
     

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