2006-06-15 / Front Page

Numerous cases are disposed of during waived jury trials

Waived jury trials were held Thursday, June 8, at the Lincoln County Courthouse, with Judge Harold Hinesley presiding.

The following cases were disposed of during the proceedings:

Christopher Lee Jefferies pleaded guilty to statutory rape and was sentenced to six years (six months in confinement, to be suspended upon spending 120-180 days in a detention center, with the balance on probation with sex offender conditions) and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges.

The defendant was granted first offender status by the court.

Carl Edward Walker pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes. On the first count, he was sentenced to 20 years (15 years confinement, with the balance on probation); on the second count, he received five years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the first count; and on the third count, the defendant received five years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the second count.

Lawrence Elam, Jr. pleaded guilty to Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA [possession of cocaine], felony obstruction of an officer, cruelty to children in the second degree, interference with government property, and flight to avoid arrest.

On the drug charge, the defendant was sentenced to four years (nine months confinement with the balance on probation); a $1,000 fine plus surcharges; 100 hours community service; and the drug package (all counts). He was also required to waive his Fourth Amendment rights.

In addition, Elam received five years (two years confinement with the balance on probation) and a $500 fine plus surcharges on the obstruction count; three years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the obstruction charge and a $500 fine plus surcharges on the cruelty count; five years probation and a $250 fine plus surcharges on the interference count; and two years probation and a $250 fine plus surcharges on the flight count to run consecutive to sentencing on the interference count.

Jimmy Turner pleaded no contest to sexual battery and received 12 months probation and a $300 fine plus surcharges.

Kimberly L. Booker pleaded guilty to VGCSA (possession of cocaine) and was sentenced to four years probation, a $1,000 fine plus surcharges, and the drug package. She was further ordered to waive her Fourth Amendment rights.

The court granted Booker first offender status.

Tomorrow Austin pleaded guilty to VGCSA (possession of cocaine) and received four years probation, a $1,000 fine plus surcharges, 100 hours community service, and the drug package. He was also required to waive his Fourth Amendment rights and complete his G.E.D.

Austin was granted first offender status by the court.

Robert David Geiselman pleaded guilty to VGCSA (possession of methamphetamine) and was sentenced to six years (40 days confinement with the balance on probation); a $2,000 fine plus surcharges; 150 hours community service; and the drug package. He was further required to waive his Fourth Amendment rights and surrender his driver's license to the court.

Leonard Murray pleaded guilty to VGCSA (possession of cocaine) and received four years probation, a $1,000 fine plus surcharges, 100 hours community service, and the drug package. The court also required the defendant to waive his Fourth Amendment rights and surrender his driver's license to the court.

Mustafa Richardson pleaded guilty to carrying a weapon on school property and was sentenced to two years probation and a $300 fine plus surcharges. He was further ordered to complete his high school education or obtain a G.E.D.

Richardson was granted first offender status.

Rosa Mae Curry pleaded guilty to VGCSA (possession of cocaine with intent to distribute) and received six years probation, a $750 fine plus surcharges, and the drug package. She was also required to waive her Fourth Amendment rights.

In a separate case, Curry pleaded guilty to another count of VGCSA (possession of cocaine with intent to distribute) and was sentenced to eight years (time served with the balance on probation); a $750 fine plus surcharges; and the drug package.

Sara Goodwin pleaded guilty to VGCSA (misdemeanor possession of marijuana) and received 12 months probation, a $250 fine plus surcharges, 20 hours community service, and the drug package.

The defendant was sentenced under the conditional discharge law.

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