District Attorney’s office surpassed last year’s number of trials taken to verdict
Photo: Robert D. Phinizee (DeSoto County Jail photo)
The DeSoto County District Attorney’s office reports that it surpassed the number of trials to verdicts this year compared to all of 2022 after Wednesday’s guilty verdict in the two-day trial of Robert Phinizee, age 47 of Olive Branch. Thursday, Circuit Judge Celeste Wilson sentenced Phinizee to 42 years in state prison with no early release.
The charges were connected with Phinizee’s arrest after a 2020 domestic violence assault that led to Phinizee’s wife Jasmine Hoskins being choked and then shot.
Phinizee was charged with conspiracy and attempted murder of Hoskins. Assistant District Attorney Angie Huck prosecuted the case for the DA’s office.
District Attorney Bob Morris noted there are still four and a half months remaining in the year but his office, at 19 trials, has already surpassed the number of trials taken to verdicts by his office.
“It is the hope of this office that this conviction again reaffirms the message that DeSoto County will not tolerate violent criminals nor violent crime,” Morris said. “Citizens need to know that this office continues to work hard to make sure they are safe from violent criminals. The District Attorney’s Office is very proud of the work done by Ms. Huck in obtaining this conviction.”