Court rejects appeal

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By Patrick Yost editor

On Monday, May 5, the Georgia Supreme Court published an order denying a petition by Ron Mastrogiovanni for an appeal in his March, 2012 conviction on 11 counts of sexual exploitation of children. The order, according to Ocmulgee Judicial Assistant District Attorney Alison Burleson, effectively ends any further appeals on the convictions. Mastrogiovanni was sentenced at the time to 20 years imprisonment with 15 years to serve and the remainder to be completed on probation.

The 70–year–old Mastrogiovanni was ordered to turn himself to authorities on Tuesday, May 13 by 9 a.m. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, Mastrogiovanni turned himself in at the Morgan County Detention Center and was to be transported to the Jackson Diagnostic Center. Mastrogiovanni has been free on an appeal bond since his conviction. Mastogiovanni appealed the conviction to the Georgia Court of Appeals but that appeal was denied. “He has exhausted his appealing process at the state level,” said Burleson.

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