MOTHER SENTENCED FOR COVERING UP CHILD’S MURDER
A Valerie Schoolfield was sentenced to 16 years in prison, by a Clinton County court, for covering up the beating death of her 3-year-old son. Schoolfield pled guilty in November to charges in the death of her son, Joseph Schoolfield. The guilty plea included obstructing justice and endangering the life of a child, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. As part of the plea deal, charges of 1st degree murder were dismissed. Schoolfield’s boyfriend, Scott Endicott, pled guilty, in July 2010, and received a sentence of 60 years in prison. Schoolfield conspired with Endicott to cover up the crime. Clinton County State’s Attorney, John Hudspeth, told WGEL that, given the constraints of the case, he was satisfied with the sentence imposed. Hudspeth spoke with the family of the deceased and reported that they too were satisfied with the sentence and were glad the experience was behind them.
FURNACE FIRE IN POCAHONTAS
Pocahontas/Old Ripley Firefighters were called Wednesday, at 5:18 p.m., to a report of a fire at a residence on Academy Street in Pocahontas. According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, the home owner called about a smell of smoke. Upon arrival, firefighters found a furnace fire and were able to keep the fire confined to the furnace. No injuries were reported and the rest of the home was not damaged.