Moss pleads in Bostwick beating case

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By Patrick Yost editor

Kaleb Jordan Moss, 19, and co-defendant David Gunner McCullough, 20, both pled guilty Monday in Morgan County Superior Court for their role in the beating and robbing of a 70–year–old Bostwick man on Sunday, June 23. Both Moss and McCullough received 20 year sentences from Superior Court Judge William Prior with 18 years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. Moss was also ordered to pay $14,665 in restitution. Authorities alleged that on June 23 Moss and McCullough robbed Thomas Gary Etris while Etris sat in the carport of his Bostwick Highway residence.

Etris was found laying in a pool of blood by a friend who came by the residence to check on the elderly man. Moss was also the subject of an intense two–day manhunt by officers from agencies stretching from Winder to Morgan County. Moss was eventually arrested attempting to hide in the Mt. Perry Missionary Baptist Church on Price Mill Road. Moss pled guilty to three counts of aggravated battery, one count robbery, three counts burglary in the first degree, one count burglary in the second degree and one count possession of marijuana. In total Moss received six 20-year sentences and a 10-year sentence for second degree burglary but all sentencing was to run concurrently, documents state. McCullough pled guilty to one count of burglary in the first degree. McCullough was also ordered to pay $598 in restitution.

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