The Office of State Attorney Larry Basford announced that on November 30, 2021 a Jackson County Jury deliberated approximately 30 minutes before returning finding the defendant, Buckie O’Neil Barnes, age 32, guilty as charged of Sexual Battery on a Child less than 12 years of Age (two counts), Lewd or Lascivious Molestation, Lewd or Lascivious Battery, Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition, and Child Abuse. Assistant State Attorney Shalla Jefcoat presented the jury with evidence detailing the defendant’s ongoing sexual abuse of the child.
This case was investigated by the Sneads Police Department and the Child Advocacy Center. Circuit Judge James J. Goodman, Jr. adjudicated the defendant guilty and scheduled sentencing for January 20, 2022. The defendant could be sentenced to life in prison for committing these crimes.
For additional information, contact Public Information Officer Mike Cazalas.