Sentencing handed down via Superior Court
Morgan County Superior Court held a criminal trial calendar the last week of November. The following persons either negotiated pleas or were adjudicated by jury trials during the week.
• Errett Christopher Sechler III, 66, Augusta, pled guilty to one count DUI. According to court records, he was sentenced to a 12-month sentence with 72 hours to serve and the remainder on probation. He was also fined $600, ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and ordered to attend a DUI Risk Reduction program and submit to clinical evaluation and any recommended treatment.
•Christopher R. McGlauchlen, 26, Newborn, pled guilty to one count reckless driving. He was sentenced to 12 months with two weekends to be spent in the Morgan County Detention Center. He was fined $500, ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and ordered to complete a DUI Risk Reduction program.
• Reginal Fernado Jones, 42, Madison, was found guilty by a Morgan County Jury of one count false imprisonment and one count furnishing alcohol to a minor. The jury found him not guilty of one count kidnapping and two counts sexual battery. Jones was charged, court document state, in December, 2010 on all the charges after he allegedly offered a woman a ride home and during the ride stopped the vehicle and, warrants alleged, sexually assaulted the woman. He was sentenced to 10 years for false imprisonment and 12 months for furnishing alcohol to a minor. After six years incarceration the remainder of the sentence can be served on probation. He was also ordered to have not contact with the victim.
• Stoney Mark Parker, 41, Madison, pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count possession of cocaine, one count possession of Oxycodone with the intent to distribute, one count possession of Dihydrocodeinone with the intent to distribute, one count possession of Carisoprodol with the intent to distribute, possession of Alprazolam with the intent to distribute and one count drug container violation. Parker, court documents state, was arrested by Morgan County Sheriff’s investigators on June 10, 2011 at his Athens Highway residence. Consequent to the arrest, warrants state, investigators seized approximately one-half pound of marijuana and 890 prescription tablets. Parker was sentenced to 30 years with 10 years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. He was also fined $5000, was banned from Morgan County and ordered to forfeit any items seized during his arrest, including a Honda Accord.
• Jeffery Brown, 33, Rutledge, pled guilty to one count sale of methamphetamine. According to court documents, Brown was arrested in June, 2011 for the alleged sale of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to six years incarceration. On a separate charged, Brown also pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine and one count theft by receiving stolen property. Court records state that Brown was arrested in July, 2011 after he allegedly purchased a CD player that had been stolen. He also received a six year sentence, to run concurrent with any other sentences, for the two guilty pleas.
• Michael Walter Cicero, 44, Rutledge, was found guilty by a Morgan County Jury of two counts obstruction of an officer, two counts fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count reckless driving, one count loud music violation and two counts failure to maintain lane. He was found not guilty by the same jury of one count aggravated assault on a police officer and one count fleeing and attempting to elude. According to court documents, Cicero was arrested in July, 2011 after he refused to follow an officers command to stop for a loud music violation in the Goody’s parking lot in Madison. The officer, who was on foot patrol, initiated a chase on Cicero’s vehicle that eventually included four police vehicles. Cicero was stopped in Rutledge and arrested. He was sentenced to seven years on all the counts with two years to serve in incarceration and the remainder to be served on probation. He was ordered not to drive during the term of probation and ordered to continue mental health treatment and take all prescribed medications.
• John Ray Epps, 57, Monetta, S.C., pled guilty to one count DUI and one count driving while license suspended. According to court documents, Epps was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol on Sept. 30, 2011. He was sentenced to one year with 48 hours to serve and the remainder to serve on probation. He was fined $1,000, ordered to serve 40 hours of community service and ordered to attend DUI Risk Reduction program and to complete an alcohol and drug evaluation including completing any recommended treatment.
• Carnell Porter, 55, Madison, pled guilty to one count theft by shoplifting and one count obstruction of an officer. According to court documents, Porter was arrested on June 13, 2011 after he allegedly took one pack of men’s socks, a pack of T-shirts, three bags of charcoal and two bottles of liter fluid from Madison’s Dollar General without paying for the items. According to documents it was Porter’s four or more shoplifting offense, which elevates the charge to a felony. He was sentenced to 10 years, suspended with one to serve on probation if he remains in compliance with all probation conditions which includes completing a mental recognition treatment program. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and is banned from the Dollar General store.
• Brian Johnson, 46, Milledgeville, pled guilty to one count obstruction of an officer, one count failure to maintain lane and one count tag violation. He was sentenced to 12 months probation, fined $1,000 and ordered to forfeit any items seized.
Printed in the December 13, 2012 edition