Crime

Simon City Royals sentenced after kidnapping woman and holding her in suspected meth house

Top row from left, Jeremy Widel, Nathaniel Estringer, Sherry Emile. Second row from left, Shana Cox, Dillon Odom, Christopher Gray. Bottom row, Malcolm McDowell.
Top row from left, Jeremy Widel, Nathaniel Estringer, Sherry Emile. Second row from left, Shana Cox, Dillon Odom, Christopher Gray. Bottom row, Malcolm McDowell.

A judge has ordered a Vancleave woman to prison for 23 years for her involvement in a kidnapping by members and associates of the Simon City Royals street gang.

Sherry Lynn Emile, 30, is one of seven people prosecuted in the kidnapping of a 30-year-old woman held and beaten at a drug house on Travia Avenue in the St. Martin community.

The victim was taken from her home about 6 a.m. July 24, 2015, and bound with duct tape at a home that investigators said was suspected of being used for dealing meth.

Judge Robert Krebs sentenced Emile on guilty pleas to kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping in Jackson County Circuit Court, according to District Attorney Tony Lawrence.

One other defendant was sentenced Monday. St. Martin resident Christopher Gray, 30, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in July. The others have pleaded guilty and await sentencing. They are St. Martin residents Shanna Cox, 41; Nathaniel Etsinger, 25; Dylan Odom, 21; and Malcolm McDaniel, 47; and Vancleave resident Jeremy Widel, 29.

Lawrence praised the sheriff’s department for helping to prove the kidnapping was gang-related.

“Law abiding citizens are sick and tired of gangs and the criminal subculture they create,” Lawrence said.

Simon City Royal gang members have been sentenced in Jackson and Harrison counties for acts of violence in sentencings within two days, he noted. Two Simon City Royals on Tuesday were convicted of kidnapping two members of the Navy who were vacationing in Biloxi.

“‘Criminal gangs’ reign of terror must come to an end,” Lawrence said.

“I hope the Legislature recognizes the need to pass into law the gang bill, which is filed as HB 541 and SB 2868.”

Lawrence worked with the Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators and Mississippi Prosecutors Association in support of a gang bill last year. Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, on a Senate gang bill that was narrowly defeated last year.

Krebs ordered Emile a 30-year prison term and suspended seven years to be served on post-release supervision, Lawrence said in a news release. The judge also fined her $2,000 and ordered she pay $300 to the State Crime Victims Compensation Fund. Assistant District Attorney Bill Barrett prosecuted the kidnapping case.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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