Morgan Superior Court hands down criminal sentences

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Several persons were adjudicated in Morgan County Superior Court last week during a criminal trail calendar. The following cases were completed during the court week.

Craig Hayes, 29, Madison pled guilty to one count false imprisonment, two counts battery, one count simple battery and one count criminal trespass and was sentenced to a total of five years probation and fined $1,000. Hayes was arrested, warrants state, on May 23, 2012 after a verbal altercation with a woman became physical and he knocked out a woman’s kitchen window and then would not let the woman leave the residence or call 911.

Derrick Waller, 39, Bostwick, pled guilty to two counts battery and one count simple battery and was sentenced to five years probation and fined $1,000. Waller was arrested, warrants state, on September 2, 2013 after he held a woman to the ground and choked her and also pushed another woman across the room in a Fairplay Road, Bostwick residence when the second woman attempted to come to the first woman’s aid.

Roydrekkious D. Smith, 22, Decatur, pled guilty to one count theft by receiving stolen property and one count possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 12 months. Smith was arrested on August 15, 2015 after he pawned a PlayStation 3 game system with a game controller and a game that had been reported stolen from a Sulgrave Drive residence on July 31, 2012. In a separate incident, Smith also pled guilty to one count burglary and two counts entering an auto and was sentenced to 15 years with five years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. In that incident Smith was arrested on June 16, 2014 after he attempted to sell back a stolen cell phone to its original owner for $150. In a third separate incident, Smith pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 12 months concurrent with all other sentencing.

Beason Randell Franklin, 25, Bostwick pled guilty to one count criminal trespass and was sentenced to 12 months in the Morgan County Detention Center. Franklin was arrested, warrants state, on September 16, 2013 after he entered the grounds of the Morgan Circle Housing Authority after being banned from the property. Franklin also pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine, one count possession of marijuana and one count obstruction of an officer and was sentenced to three years with one year to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. In that incident, Franklin was arrested, warrants state, on March 27, 2014 in the Greene Meadow area when an officer attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant and Franklin fled. He was stopped inside a residence and tazed, warrants state. In a third incident, Franklin pled guilty to one count possession of drug related objects and was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $500. In a fourth incident, Franklin pled guilty to one count obstruction of an officer and was sentenced to 12 months confinement concurrent with all other sentencing. Matthew Lamar Bishop, 35, Madison pled guilty to one count battery and was sentenced to 12 months. Bishop was arrested, warrants state, on May 27, 2014 after he struck a woman in the face. Terriny Niya Parks, 22, Atlanta, pled guilt to one count forgery and one count possession of marijuana and was sentenced to three years probation. Parks was arrested on April 10, 2014, tickets state, after she was stopped for a traffic violation and an officer found a U.S. Treasury check made out to another woman that, warrants allege, Parks was going to try and cash using fictitious power of attorney documents.

Laronte Maurice Jackson, 17, Madison pled guilty to one count possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, one count terroristic threats and acts and one count obstruction of an officer and was sentenced to 10 years with seven months to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. Jackson was arrested, warrants state, on May 11, 2014 he threatened to shoot and kill another man, possessed 22 bags of cocaine in a drug free zone, baggies and a digital scale and pushed an officer during an attempt to arrest Jackson. Eric Allen Freeman, 24, Rutledge, pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 15 years with six years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. Freeman was arrested, warrants state, on April 8, 2014 after offices arrived to a Antioch Church Road residence in regards to a party and found 8 grams of methamphetamine inside the residence.

Robert Franklin, Jr., 34, Rutledge, pled guilty to one count simple assault and was sentenced to 12 months probation. Franklin was arrested on February 3, 2014, warrants state, after he struck a man in the face with his fists during an altercation in the Bank of Madison parking lot in Rutledge.

Trista Brook Langford, 23, Madison, pled guilty to one count simple assault and three counts child cruelty and was sentenced to two years probation and was fined $500. Langford was arrested, warrants state, on July 5, 2014 after she threatened to shoot a man with a shotgun in the presence of three minor children and then retrieved a shotgun and followed the man out of the residence.

Erik D. Wilson, 24, Madison pled guilty to two counts burglary and one count entering an auto and was sentenced to 15 years with five years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. Wilson was arrested, warrants state, on June 19, 2014, after he and two other defendants entered six automobiles from Billups Avenue to Saye Creek with the intent to commit thefts.

Dwayne Anthony Harris, 56, Madison, pled guilty to two counts possession of cocaine and one count possession of hydrocodone and was sentenced to three years probation. Harris was arrested, warrants state, on April 14, 2014 after a vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped at a checkpoint and when Harris got out of a vehicle a small bag of cocaine fell to the ground and as he was being processed at the Morgan County Detention Center an officer found another small bag of cocaine in his crotch and a loose hydrocodone pill in his pocket.

Michael Nix, 41, Madison pled guilty to one count aggravated stalking and was sentenced to 10 years with one year to serve and the remainder to be served on probation and was fined $1,000. He was arrested, warrants state, on June 20, 2014 after he made 17 phone calls in two days to a Rutledge woman who he had been ordered to have no contact with and knocked on the woman’s door and demanded to speak to the woman against prior court orders.

William Paden, 33, Madison, pled guilty to one count obstruction of an officer, one count possession of methamphetamine, one count possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count fleeing and attempting to elude an officer. He was sentenced to 20 years with 10 years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. Paden was arrested, warrants state, on May 24, 2014 after he failed to stop for an officer displaying blue lights. Officers then located a bowl with methamphetamine and baggies at his VFW Lane residence.

Keifer Darnell Cook, 21, pled guilty to five counts possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 12 months probation. Cook was arrested, warrants state, on January 26, 2014 after a vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped for a stop sign violation and an officer located a backpack in the vehicle with two large bags of marijuana, scales and several small bags and a small bag of marijuana in Cook’s pants.

Terrance Desmond White, 34, Rutledge, pled guilty to one count battery and two counts criminal trespass and was sentenced to 12 months probation. White was arrested, warrants state, on August 25, 2014 after he struck a woman in the mouth and head and destroyed her cell phone.

Tyler Michael Obrecht, 19, Madison pled guilty to one count criminal trespass and was sentenced to 12 months. Obrecht was arrested, warrants state, on March 20, 2013 after he was observed by an officer in a vehicle on the property of Morgan County High School after he had been banned from school property. In a second incident, Obrecht pled guilty to the same charge for a second incident at the high school and was sentenced to 12 months confinement.

Jacoby Walker, 31, Madison, pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and was sentenced to five years probation and was fined $1,000. Walker was arrested, warrants state, on July 11, 2014 after Walker was stopped for a traffic violation and an officer located a pill bottle in his vehicle with 10 separate plastic bags of marijuana inside the bottle.

Justin Wayne Garner, 25, Rutledge, pled guilty to two counts burglary and two counts sale of marijuana and was sentenced to seven years with the first 180 days to be served and remainder to be served on probation. Garner was arrested, warrants state, on October 6, 2014 after he entered a storage shed on Cajun Lane and removed a 2011 Grizzly 350 valued at $5,000 and on two separate occasions sold a confidential informant $50 worth of marijuana.

Chasity Dawn Wood, 38, Aiken, S.C. pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine and two counts possession of drug related objects and was sentenced to five years probation and fined $1,000. Wood was arrested, warrants state, on September 17, 2013 after an officer during a traffic stop found 20 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales and baggies in her possession.

Stephanie Mason, 33, Madison, pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $500. Mason was arrested, warrants state, on October 11, 2013 after she arranged for a confidential informant to go to a Billups Avenue residence to purchase $100 worth of marijuana.

Sarah G. Minton, 25, Madison, pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana and was sentenced to five years on probation and fined $1,000. Minton was arrested, warrants state, on October 11, 2013 after she facilitated a $100 marijuana transaction with a police confidential informant. Derrick Ramond Waller, 40, Madison pled guilty to one count battery and one count simple battery and was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $1,000. Waller was arrested, warrants state, on January 2, 2013 after he threw a watch at a man and struck the man in the head.

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