Criminal sentences handed down

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By Patrick Yost

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Several people either negotiated pleas or were found guilty in Morgan County Superior Court last week. The following people were adjudicated in court last week.

Michael Justin Porter, 27, Madison pled guilty to one count entering an automobile and one county obstruction of an officer. He was sentenced to five years with the first 180 days to be served in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was also fined $1,000. According to court documents, Porter was arrested on June 27, 2014 after he entered a 1997 Ford Expedition on Monticello Road and removed a Sony radio and a CD case. Porter also refused an officer’s commands to stop when approached regarding the entering auto and fled into a wooded area where he was caught after a brief foot chase.

Jared Foggy, 24, Cherry Hill, N.J. pled guilty to one count reckless driving. He was sentenced to 12 months to be suspended upon payment of a $500 fine. According to court records, Foggy was indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury in March, 2016. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued on November 29, 2015, court records state.

Mario Desha Watkins, 30, Sparta pled guilty to one count failure to maintain lane and one count open container. He was sentenced to six months probation and was fined $200. According to court documents, Watkins was arrested on March 2, 2014 by the Madison Police Department.

Rose Mary Stone, 57, Bishop was found guilty by a Morgan County jury on two counts DUI less safe (drugs) and one count failure to maintain lane. She was sentenced to two years with the first 90 days to be served in the Morgan County Detention Center. She was also fined $300. According to court documents, the jury was out approximately 20 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict. Records state Stone was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol on January 7, 2015 near the intersection of Rehoboth and Price Mill Road. Records also indicate she was also arrested on September 13, 2015 and charged with driving on suspended license.

Charlie Morgan Jenkins, 22, Madison pled guilty to one count possession of Hydrocodone and one count possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to three years. According to court documents, Jenkins was arrested on November 12, 2015 by Madison Police Department officers after he left a house on Larkmartin Street following an argument. When officers approached, they located a bottle of pills near Jenkins that contained 22 Clonidine, a half ofHydrocodone, 11 Altenolo and five Clonazepam. In a separate plea, Jenkins also pled guilty to one count criminal use of an article with an altered identification and one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. He was sentenced to three years to run concurrently with any other sentencing. According to court documents, in the second plea, Jenkins was arrested on November 8, 2016 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy at a Shady Side Lane residence after deputies went to the residence to quest Jenkins regarding a burglary. While at the residence deputies located a small amount of marijuana and a .32 revolver with a serial number filed off.

Scott Carroll Mixon, 29, Eatonton pled guilty to one count DUI (less safe, combined). He was sentenced to one year with the first 24 hours to be served in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Mixon was arrested on December 2, 2015.

Kera Leigh Ann Sharpe, 31, Harlem pled guilty to one count possession of a controlled substance and one count possession of drug related objects. She was sentenced to three years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court records, Sharpe was arrested by a Morgan County Sheriff’s deputy on June 16, 2016 after heroin, syringes and the bottom of a soda can with burn marks and heroin residue was found following a vehicle search.

• Charles Davin Starnes, 32, Harlem pled guilty to one count possession of a controlled substance and one count possession of drug related objects. He was sentenced to three years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court records, Starnes was arrested by a Morgan County Sheriff’s deputy on June 16, 2016 after heroin, syringes and the bottom of a soda can with burn marks and heroin residue was found following a vehicle search.

Norman Ahmad Ross, 17, Madison pled guilty to one count burglary in the second degree. He was sentenced to five years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Ross was arrested October 26, 2016 after he attempted to gain entrance to the Cloverhouse Restaurant, Hancock Street, Madison, initially through the front and back doors before he threw a rock through a window.

Joel Fambrough, 67, Madison pled guilty to illegal use of communication facility. He was sentenced to three years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Fambrough was arrested on June 20, 2016 with several other defendants on violation of racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations act (RICO) in regards to a conspiracy to distribute and sale cocaine in Morgan County.

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