2017-07-27 / Front Page

Dunaway hears guilty pleas during July waived jury trials

Waived jury trials and pleas were recently heard at the Lincoln County Courthouse. The presiding judge was Roger W. Dunaway Jr., senior judge for the Toombs Judicial Circuit.

The following cases were dis­posed of during the proceedings: l Erin Burton pleaded guilty to simple battery (misdemeanor). She was granted first offender status, and was sentenced to six months probation. l Thomas Burton pleaded guilty to simple battery (misdemeanor). He was granted first offender status, and was sentenced to six months probation. l Heather Nicole Layton pleaded guilty to criminal damage to proper­ty in the second degree (felony), and criminal trespass (misdemeanor).

On the first count, she was sen­tenced to three years probation, and must pay a restitution of $950.

On the second count, Layton was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count, and she must pay a restitution of $105.

She was granted first offender status and was sentenced under the POM Act. This special condition of probation gives probation offi­cers the authority to directly place clients in a probation center should they violate the terms of sentenc­ing. Previously, these individuals would have had to appear before a judge first. l Martha Davis pleaded guilty to theft by taking (misdemeanor), and was sentenced to 12 months proba­tion, along with paying a restitution of $500. l Kenneth Broome pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine (felony), possession of drug related objects (misdemeanor), and driving without a license (misdemeanor).

On the first count, he was sen­tenced to three years probation, and must complete 30 hours of commu­nity service.

On the second count, Broome was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count.

Regarding the third count, he was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the second count. l Brandy Lynn Anderson plead­ed guilty to cruelty to children in the second degree (felony). She was sentenced to five years probation, serving 120-180 day in a detention center; she must enroll and attend AA classes; she must get substance abuse treatment; and attend parent­ing classes. Anderson was sentenced under the POM Act. l Portia Yvette Curry pleaded guilty to aggravated assault (fel­ony), and was sentenced to three years probation; she must pay a fine of $350 plus surcharges; and attend anger management. She was granted first offender status and sentenced under the POM Act. l Eddie Lockhart pleaded guilty to aggravated assault (felony), and was sentenced to three years proba­tion, serving 20 weeks in confine­ment, and he must pay a fine of $650 including surcharges. He was sentenced under the POM Act. l Donna Smith pleaded guilty to theft by taking (misdemeanor), and was sentenced to eight days confine­ment with credit for time served. l Franklin Richardson III pleaded guilty to battery (misdemeanor), and was sentenced to nine months probation; he must complete eight hours of community service; and he must pay a fine of $250 including surcharges. l Starla Lockhart pleaded guilty to aggravated assault (felony), and was sentenced to four years proba­tion; she must attend anger man­agement; and complete 40 hours of community service. She was granted first offender status and was sen­tenced under the POM Act. l Shanitha Crite pleaded guilty to two counts of simple battery (misdemeanor).

On the first count, she was sen­tenced to 12 months probation; she must pay a fine of $300 including surcharges; complete 30 hours of community service; and attend an­ger management. She was sentenced under the POM Act.

Regarding the second count, Crite was sentenced to 12 months probation to run consecutive to the first count, and she was granted first offender status. l Tarrans Demitrice Hogan plead­ed guilty to cruelty to children in the first degree (felony). He was granted first offender status and was sentenced to five years proba­tion; he must pay a fine of $400 plus surcharges; complete 30 hours of community service; and attend anger management. l Alton McCord pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking (felony), pos­session of a firearm by a convicted felon (felony), obstruction of offi­cers (misdemeanor), and possession of marijuana, less than one ounce (misdemeanor).

On the first count, McCord re­ceived six years, with the first two months served in confinement; he received credit for time served; a balance on probation; he must pay a fine of $1,000 plus surcharges; and get substance abuse treatment.

Regarding the second count, he received five years probation to run concurrent with the first count.

On the third count, McCord re­ceived 60 days confinement to run concurrent with the first count.

On the fourth count, he received 12 months probation to run concur­rent with the first count. l John Matthew Starbuck plead­ed guilty to false report of a crime (misdemeanor), and obstruction of an officer (misdemeanor).

On the first count, he received credit for time served; was sentenced to 12 months probation; and must get substance abuse treatment.

On the second count, Starbuck was sentenced to 12 months proba­tion to run concurrent with the first count. l Tequila Hogan pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, less than one ounce (misdemeanor), and open container violation (mis­demeanor).

Regarding the first count, Hogan was sentenced to 12 months proba­tion; she must pay a fine of $500 including surcharges; complete 40 hours of community service; and she received the drug package.

The drug package is a special con­dition of probation which provides for drug treatment and counseling as well as random testing. It also requires the defendant to submit to searches of his person and/or prop­erty upon request.

On the second count, Hogan must pay a fine of $75 including surcharges. l Jeffery Paradise pleaded guilty to battery, and was sentenced to 12 months probation; he must pay a fine of $250 plus surcharges; complete eight hours of community service; and attend anger management. l Eddie Dean Norman pleaded guilty theft by taking (felony), flee­ing and attempting to elude a police officer (misdemeanor), and driving while license suspended or revoked (misdemeanor).

Regarding the first count, he was sentenced to four years probation, and he was sentenced under the POM Act.

On the second count, Norman was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count; he must pay a fine of $500 plus sur­charges; and serve 10 days in jail.

On the third count, he was sen­tenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the second count, and he must pay a fine of $500 plus surcharges. l Jason Lee Carroll pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with an intent to distribute (felony), possession of drug related objects (misdemeanor), and driving while license suspended (misdemeanor).

On the first count, he received five years, with the first 90 days in confinement; credit for time served; a balance on probation; and he must pay a fine of $1,000 plus surcharges. Carroll was sentenced under the POM Act.

On the second count, he was sen­tenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count.

On the third count, Carroll was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count, and he must pay a fine of $1,000 including surcharges. l Alton Banks pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (felony), possession of marijuana, less than one ounce (misdemeanor), and possession of drug related ob­jects (misdemeanor).

Regarding the first count, he was sentenced to two years probation; he must pay a fine of $850 plus surcharges; complete 40 hours of community service; get substance abuse treatment; and the drug pack­age. Banks was sentenced under the POM Act.

On the second count, he was sen­tenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count, and pay a fine of $350 including surcharges.

On the third count, Banks was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with previous counts, and he was granted first of­fender status.

In a bench trial, presided over by Chief Judge Dunaway, Kirsti Hope Evans pleaded guilty to hin­dering emergency telephone calls (misdemeanor), and simple battery (misdemeanor).

On both counts, Evans was given a verdict of not guilty, however she was sentenced to three months probation and granted first offender status.

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