FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 11, 2022
Newly sworn in DA, four guilty verdicts and first Aniah’s Law win.
MOBILE, Alabama – The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office is off to a successful start this jury trial season, receiving four guilty convictions in the first week.
“I could not ask for a better first week to begin my administration. Our team of professionals did an outstanding job in securing these guilty verdicts,” says Keith Blackwood, Mobile County District Attorney.
Wednesday, January 11
Defendant Stanley Roberson was found guilty of murder for the 2020 fatal shooting of Phillip Ledet,III. The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Stuart Lang. Judge Phillips has set sentencing for March 2 at 9 a.m.
Thursday, January 12
Defendant Maurice Morrissette was found guilty of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and manslaughter for the death of Evangelow Ivan Johnson. The State was represented by Coy Morgan. Judge Youngpeter has set sentencing March 1 at 10 a.m.
Defendant Antonio Collier was found guilty of Capital Murder for the 2018 fatal shooting of Mercedes Jackson. The State was represented by Lauren Walsh. Judge Pipes has scheduled sentencing for February 23 at 10 a.m.
Defendant Terrance Martin was sentenced to life by Judge Phillips for the 2019 fatal shooting of Latoya Jones.
Defendant Thomas E. Thomas was denied bond under Aniah’s Law. Judge Cheriogotis was the presiding judge, and the case is now pending the Grand Jury.
Friday, January 13
Leonard Gravesande was found guilty of Murder for the 2017 fatal shooting of Nico Nichols. Judge McDermott presided over the court with no sentencing date set at this time. Due to the defendant’s prior convictions, he is only eligible for Life Without Parole.
“We are grateful for the men and women who served our community as jurors in each of these cases. These were difficult cases, and we admire their dedication to ensuring justice was done,” says Keith Blackwood.
The Mobile County District Attorney team will begin the second trial week of the year on January 23.