In Tishomingo County Circuit Court on Thursday, Judge Thomas Gardner III sentenced Robert Shane Parker, 40, to 20 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five years suspended, leaving 15 to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision, according to court records.
Parker pleaded guilty to the charge during the November term of Alcorn County Circuit Court. He had been indicted on a charge of culpable negligence manslaughter.
The charge stemmed from the death of 85-year-old John D. Calvery, a resident of County Road 180, who was struck by a 1997 Jeep Cherokee while picking up trash along the road about a mile off Farmington Road on the morning of April 7, 2011. The Jeep rolled and came to rest in a field off Road 180.
A stretch of roadway was later named in honor of Calvery by the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors.
The indictment noted Parker’s prior convictions for burglary and larceny of a dwelling in 1997, uttering a forged prescription in 2005 and conspiracy to sell a controlled substance (Oxycodone) in 2005.