By Steve Rogers/The Packet
As The Packet first reported two weeks ago, Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens wants to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the sentencing of confessed wife-beater Brian Clark.
Kitchens has set a hearing for Friday to discuss his Aug. 10 order continuing Clark’s aggravated domestic assault sentencing from Aug. 10 to Nov 13.
After years of delays for a variety of reasons, Clark pleaded guilty in May to beating his wife Hope Imes Clark in September 2013. The injuries were so severe Hope Clark had have staples to close a severe gash in her skull.
He faces up to 20 years in prison. After his May plea, sentencing was set for Aug. 10 to give him time to complete a program for spousal batterers. But just before the Aug. 10 sentencing, Clark’s attorney — and the batterers’ program in Pearl, Miss. — filed paperwork saying Clark needed to complete 14 more sessions in the 24-week program.
Kitchens granted a continuance, agreed to by Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Clemons after consultations with Hope Clark. But after questions from Imes’ family on social media, Kitchens entered a second order setting Friday’s hearing on the motion to continue.
Kitchens is expected to ask Hope Clark in open court if she agrees with her husband — the two have yet to get a divorce although they have long been separated — getting treatment and the delay in sentencing. If she doesn’t, Kitchens could sentence Clark If she does, the sentencing likely will continue Nov. 13 as scheduled.