Former Murder Suspect In Jail For Probation Violation

A man who took a plea deal to avoid jail time in a murder case is back in jail for allegedly violating his probation.

Donald Smallwood was sentenced to 36 months of supervised probation in a plea deal connected to the murder of Tyrone Perry in Martin County three years ago. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Following a complaint that he violated his curfew on the night of his sentencing, his parole officer told the judge, who in turn ordered Smallwood back to jail.

Smallwood is being held in the Washington County Jail without bond until an April 18 hearing to address the allegation.

Donsennie Person pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, his younger brother Dayvon Person pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon for the death of Tyrone Perry.






Two brothers facing charges for the murder of Tyrone Perry in Martin County three years ago have been sentenced. Four other suspects will learn their sentences today.

District Attorney Seth Edwards says Donsennie Person and Dayvon Person entered into plea deals on Friday. They had been scheduled to go on trial today.

Donsennie Person, 22, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to Edwards. A judge sentenced him to a minimum of 358 months to a maximum of 449 months, which works out to approximately 30 to 37 years in prison.

His younger brother, Dayvon Person, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Edwards says the judge sentenced him to 172 months minimum to 225 months maximum, which is approximately 14 to 18 years in prison.

The Person Brothers were charged in the murder and robbery of Tyrone Perry in Martin County. Investigators said Perry was robbed and then shot while working at Hardison's Logging on Highway 125 in Hamilton. The murder happened in March 2008.

Edwards says four other suspects in the case previously took plea deals in exchange for testimony against the Person Brothers.

Donald Smallwood, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, received 36 months of supervised probation.

O'Darrin Jenkins, who pleaded guilty to commit common law robbery, received the same sentence.

Anterrio Council, who also pleaded guilty to commit common law robbery, was given 8 to 10 months because of his prior criminal records.

Dravon Best, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering, was given three to four months in prison.


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