Sentences given in Morgan Superior Court

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By Patrick Yost

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Several people were adjudicated in Morgan County Superior Court during a criminal court week.

The following people were sentenced:

Martha Smith Peters, 65, Madison pled guilty to one count aggravated assault and was sentenced to 10 years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court records, Peters was arrested on December 21, 2014 by Madison Police Department officers after she struck a woman in the head with a brick at a  Meadow Ridge Drive residence. Warrants allege that Peters and the woman were having an argument in the kitchen of the residence when Peters walked outside, picked up a brick and came back into the residence and bashed the woman on the head with the brick.

Jacob Aaron Sherrill, 23, Madison pled guilty to two counts sale of Alprazolam and was sentenced to five years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court documents,  Sherrill was arrested by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on October 16, 2015. Warrant allege that on two occasions, once in April and again in October, 2015 Sherill sold a confidential informant with the Morgan County Sheirff’s Office $100 and $200 worth of Xanax, respectively, at two different locations in Rutledge.

Jason Burdette, 32, Union Point, was found guilty in a non-jury trial of one count of too fast for conditions and was sentenced to six months probation and was fined $250. According to court documents, Burdette was arrested by a Georgia State Patrol trooper on October 12, 2015 while driving a commercial vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 441 and Lions Club Road.

Jaimie Devin Parker, 31, Bishop, pled guilty to one count theft by shoplifting and one count criminal trespass and was sentenced to eight years with the first 60 days to be served in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was also fined $1,000. According to court documents, Parker was arrested by Madison Police Department officers on October 16, 2015 after he entered the Verizon cell phone store on Eatonton Highway and cut a security tether on an Apple IPhone 6s, removed the phone and fled. The phone was valued at $659 and the damage to the display rack was valued at $250.

Miguel Antonio Erazo–Florian, 18, Athens pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and one count possession of drug related objects and was sentenced to one year probation and was fined $500. According to court documents, Erazo–Florian was arrested on January 12, 2016 by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies after a vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped for a traffic violation on U.S. 441 near Plantation Road. Consequent to the stop, the deputy located a small amount of marijuana, grinder, pipe and a Mason jar with partially burned marijuana cigarettes inside.

Allen Lee Troxel, 55, Rutledge, pled guilty to one count DUI and one count driving while license suspended and was sentenced to one year with the first 30 days to be spent in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was also fined $2,000. According to court documents, Troxel was arrested on June 6, 2015 by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after he crashed a moped motorcycle near the intersection of Hawkins Avenue and Dixie Highway in Rutledge. Court records state that Troxel was impaired and unlicensed at the time of the incident and was not wearing a helmet and was injured in the crash.

Joshua Lafabian Hardeman, no age given, Decatur, pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and was sentenced to one year probation. According to court documents, Hardeman was arrested on May 8, 2015 by a Madison Police Department officer.

Thomas Michael Puckett, 51, Madison pled guilty to one count aggravated assault, one count cruelty to children in the first degree and one count simple battery and was sentenced to 10 years with one year to serve in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was also fined $1,000. According to court records, Puckett was arrested by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on August 19, 2016 after he struck a woman with his hands and then kicked her on June 25, 2016 at a Sandy Creek Road residence. He also choked a minor to the extent that the child passed out on the same day. In a separate matter, Puckett also pled guilty to three counts of forgery and one count of theft by taking and was sentenced to one year probation concurrently with any other sentences and to take affect when Puckett is released from detention. According to court documents, Puckett was arrested by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on August 10 after he, on in March, 2016, forged three checks for a total $105 and took a non-working clothes dryer from a woman’s front porch to sell for scrap metal.

• Edgar Franklin Cape, no age given, Madison pled guilty to one count criminal damage to property, one count failure to maintain lane and one count simple assault.

He was sentenced to five years probation and fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.

According to court documents, Cape was arrested by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on March 20, 2016 after he allegedly cut the tires on a man’s vehicle at a Bostwick Road residence and also threatened another man with a knife.

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