Criminal sentences given in Superior Court

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By Patrick Yost

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Morgan County Superior Court held a criminal court calendar last week. The following persons were sentenced.

Edward Vince Tallon, 47, Madison was found guilty by a Morgan County jury of one count of aggravated assault. He was found not guilty on two other counts of aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 10 years with 60 days to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. He was fined $2,000. Court records state that on November 3, 2013 Tallon went to a Brownwood Road residence and spun his truck wheels and yelled at the resident inside the house. The resident came outside and fearing for his life, shot a shot in the air. Tallon left, turned his truck back around and shot three different vehicles parked in the yard.

Gregory Lester Carson, 58, Bogart, pled guilty to two counts DUI and one count driving while license suspended. He was sentenced to two years with the first six months to be served in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Carson was arrested on November 30, 2013 by a Madison Police Department officer on Main Street near Burnett Street at 10 p.m.

Brent Bernard Spear, 48, Augusta was found guilty by a Morgan County Jury on two counts serious injury by vehicle, one count DUI, one count driving while license suspended, one count driving on improper registration and one count failure to maintain lane. He was sentenced to 15 years with the first five years to be served in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was also ordered to complete 240 hours of community service. According to court documents, Spear was arrested on August 30, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. on East Jefferson Street. Spear allegedly struck a man while driving on East Jefferson Street and then did not stop. He was arrested by a Georgia State Patrol officer.

Corey Michael Portwood, 22, Madison pled guilty to one count burglary in the first degree. He was sentenced to 15 years with five years to serve in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. According to court documents, Portwood was arrested on July 22, 2015 and charged with the May 22, 2015 burglary of an Old Buckhead Road, Buckhead residence. Portwood was accused of entering the residence with two other men and stealing a shotgun, a .308 Remington rifle and a flat screen television. In a separate hearing, Portwood also pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, one count DUI (less safe, drugs) and one count driving while license suspended. For those charges he was given a 15 year sentence to run concurrent with any other sentencing. In that incident, court documents state, Portwood was arrested on December 19, 2015 after he was discovered at 7 a.m. in a vehicle running near the intersection of Cooks Hill Road and East Washington Street. The vehicle was in drive and Portwood’s foot was on the brake. During a search, officers located a three plastic bags of methamphetamine on Portwood’s person.

Tavise Maurice Simmons, 25, Madison pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to one year probation and was fined $500. According to court documents, Simmons was arrested on May 22, 2015 after he failed to maintain lane while driving on Vine Street at 10:30 p.m. Consequent to the traffic stop, an officer located a small, partially smoked marijuana cigarette in the ashtray of the vehicle.

Devaughn Eugentra Hill, 25, Conway, S.C. pled guilty to one count trafficking in marijuana. He was sentenced to 15 years with five years to serve in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was fined $2,000. According to court documents, Hill was arrested on January 20, 2016 on Interstate after a traffic violation led to officers searching a vehicle Hill was driving. Consequent to that search, approximately 20 pounds of marijuana was found in a dog crate in the trunk of the vehicle.

Michael Edward McCullough, 27, Rutledge pled guilty to one count simple battery and one count battery. He was sentenced to one year probation and was fined $500. According to court documents, McCullough was arrested on July 7, 2015 after he punched a man several times in the face with a closed fist at approximately 1 a.m. at a Fairplay Street, Rutledge residence. He also grabbed a woman by the arm, leaving swelling and a mark.

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