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Criminal sentences given in Superior Court

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By Patrick Yost

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Several persons were adjudicated in Morgan County Superior Court last week during a criminal court calendar before the Hon. Judge William Prior. The following persons were sentenced.

Joshua Brandon Grow, 29, Madison pled guilty to one count battery, family violence. He was sentenced to 30 days in the Morgan County Detention Center. According to court documents, Grow was arrested on Aug. 26, 2015 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy after he pushed and struck a woman at Country Boys RV Park, Eatonton Road. Reports state that several people had to step in to prevent further injury to the victim.

Diondra Chanel Brown, 28, Grovetown, pled guilty to one count obstruction. She was sentenced to one year probation and fined $500. According to court documents, Brown was arrested on May 31, 2016 by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after troopers had stopped a vehicle in which she was a passenger. While the driver of the vehicle was resisting arrest, reports state, he yelled at Brown to go to the car and retrieve a gun. Despite trooper’s warnings to Brown to stay away from the vehicle, she continued toward the vehicle.

Willie C. Winder, 55, Madison,  pled guilty to three counts of sale of Hydrocodone. He was sentenced to 12 years probation and was fined $2,000. According to court documents, Winder was arrested on July 27, 2016 by a Madison Police Department investigator after Winder sold Hydrocodone to a confidential informant during a controlled buy by law enforcement.

Ousmane Kaba, 26, Atlanta pled guilty to one county possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to one year probation and fined $500. According to court documents, Kaba was arrested by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after he was driving 95 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 20.

• Jason Warren Brown, 43, Bogart pled guilty to one count DUI, one count drugs not in original container and one count failure to maintain lane. He was sentenced to two years probation with the first four days to be served in the Morgan County Detention Center and was fined $800. According to court documents, Brown was arrested on March 28, 2017 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Greensboro Road at 9 p.m. At the time of his arrest, warrants state, Brown had 24 Oxymoron pills, four Oxycodone pills and 10 Hydrocodone pills on his possession at the time of his arrest.

Joe Willie Brown, 46, Albany, pled guilty to one count theft by taking. He was sentenced to one year probation and was fined $500. According to court documents, Brown was arrested on Feb. 15, 2017 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy after he took a iPhone 7 cell phone from a restroom at the eastbound Interstate 20 rest area. Warrants state when Brown was confronted by the phone’s owner, he fled in a vehicle.

Heather Dean Harris, 31, Greensboro pled guilty to one count theft by shoplifting. She was sentenced to one year probation with the first 10 days to be served at the Morgan County Detention Center. According to court documents, Harris was arrested on Oct. 27, 2016 after she took a Halloween costume, fake blood and a cell phone protector from Walmart, Eatonton Road, without paying for the items.

Kenneth Jerome Taylor, 48, Madison pled guilty to two counts theft by receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to 16 years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Taylor was arrested on March 28, 2016 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigator. Warrants state that an investigator went to Taylor’s Mallard Ridge residence to discuss a fake car title he had presented to the Morgan County Tag Office. While the investigator was there, he observed a 2009 BMW and a Ford F350 in Taylor’s yard. Both vehicles had been reported stolen out of Fulton County.

Jennifer Lynn Young, 37, Madison, pled guilty to one count giving false information to a law enforcement officer. She was sentenced to one year probation and was fined $500. According to court documents, Young was arrested on March 23, 2017 by a Madison Police Department officer after she allegedly cut seals from an electric meter and installed another electric meter at that location. During the arrest, she told the officer her name was Natasha Young with a different birthday.

Loren Wayne Buckner, 28, Appling, pled guilty to two counts discharge of a gun near a highway or street and one count reckless conduct. He was sentenced to three years probation and fined $500. According to court documents, Buckner was arrested by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Feb. 3, 2017 after he shot an electronic highway sign on Interstate 20 with a Walther P22 handgun with a noise suppressor attached. The driver of the vehicle, Jeffery Andrew Soloman, 37, Covington, pled guilty to one count reckless conduct. He was sentenced to one year probation and was fined $500.

Derrell Lineal Tory, 34, Covington pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count possession of marijuana less than an ounce and one count possession of drug related objects. He was sentenced to three years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Tory was arrested on April 3, 2017 on Eatonton Road by a Madison Police Department officer after a routine traffic stop. Consequent to the stop, the officer located the remains of blunt wrappers, a box of sandwich bags and a blue bag in the trunk that contained two bags of suspected marijuana. The officer also found a Taurus pistol and a set of scales with marijuana residue on the scales.

Casey Kohler 32, Aiken, S.C. pled guilty to one count habitual violation. He was sentenced to one year probation and was fined $500. According to court documents, Kohler was arrested on March 1, 2017 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy while driving with a suspended license on Interstate 20.

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