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Jury says not guilty on drug charge, others sentenced

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By Patrick Yost

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Several persons were adjudicated in Morgan County Superior Court last week, the Hon. Judge Terry Massey presiding.

Conrad Stanley Burnham, 41, Bishop was found not guilty by a Morgan County Jury following a trial. Burnham had been charged with one count possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count possession of marijuana, more than an ounce and one count possession of drug related objects. According to arrest warrants, Burnham was arrested on July 3, 2018 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) investigator after he was stopped on a traffic violation at 9:30 p.m. on Price Mill Road. Warrants allege that there was a small bag of marijuana “shake” and a grinder in the vehicle. Investigators also allegedly found a black trash bag 40 feet from where the vehicle was stopped that contained one-half pound of suspected marijuana, THC oil and two suspected marijuana sticks.

James Erik Hester, 40, Madison pled guilty to one count criminal trespass. He was sentenced to one year probation. According to court documents, Hester was arrested on June 22, 2017 by a MCSO deputy after he alleged entered property on Bostwick Road and would not leave when asked.

Sheena Thomas, 26, Winder pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1,000. According to court documents, Thomas was arrested by the MCSO on July 10, 2018 after a vehicle in which she was a passenger ran out of gas on Athens Highway. An investigator stopped to aid Thomas and the male driver and learned that the driver had an outstanding warrant against him. After the driver was detained, warrants allege, the officer searched the vehicle and found a small pocket book under the passenger’s seat that contained two glass pipes, a small amount of meth, a knife, marijuana residue and a rag.

Sheri Cheyenne Bradshaw, 31, Madison pled guilty to one count failure to maintain lane. She was sentenced to one year probation and was fined $250. According to court documents, Bradshaw was arrested on Nov. 20, 2017 by a Georgia State Patrol (GSP) trooper on a host of charges near the intersection of Apalachee River Road and Oak Hill. 

Melvin Joshua Williams, 25, Lithonia pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count theft by receiving stolen property and one count DUI. He was sentenced to eight years probation with the first 60 days to be served in confinement. He was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Williams was arrested on Sept. 4, 2018 by a GSP trooper at a Parks Mill Road, Buckhead location during a “safety check point.” Consequent to the stop, reports state, officers located a firearm, stolen property and more than an ounce of marijuana in the vehicle. 

Tonya Diann Martin, 37, Monticello pled guilty to nine counts financial card fraud. She was sentenced to six years probation and fined $1,000. According to court documents, Martin was arrested on Aug. 15, 2018 by a MCSO investigator after she used an elderly woman’s credit cards to make multiple purchases totalling $1,927.

Larry Adam Bishop, 28, Madison pled guilty to one count DUI and one count failure to maintain lane. He was sentenced to one year probation with the first 48 hours to be served in confinement. He was fined $800. According to court documents, Bishop was arrested on April 8, 2017 by a GSP trooper on Georgia Highway 83. 

Shakeel Lamick Cole, 27, Smithfield, N.C. pled guilty to one count DUI and one count driving while license suspended. He was sentenced to two years probation with the first 10 days to be served in confinement at the Morgan County Detention Center. He was fined $800. According to court documents, Cole was arrested on Oct. 29, 2018 by a GSP trooper on Interstate 20 near the 124 mile marker.

Angel Latoya Forte, 38, Sanford, N.C. pled nolo to one count driving while license suspended and pled guilty to one count giving false information to a police officer. She was sentenced to one year with the first 48 hours to be served in confinement unless she paid a $500 fine within 30 days of sentencing at which point serving confinement would be waived. According to court documents, Forte was arrested on Sept. 10, 2018 by a GSP trooper after the trooper stopped a vehicle driven by Forte on interstate 20 for speeding. Consequent to the stop, warrants allege, Forte told the trooper she did not physically have her driver’s license and then she gave the trooper a false name and date of birth. 

Monte Rodericka Shavers, 42, Union Point pled guilty to one count possession of drug related objects and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to five years probation. He was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Shavers was arrested on June 8, 2018 by a Madison Police Department (MPD) officer after Shavers drove to a “safety check point” on Ward Road. Consequent to the stop, warrants allege, officers located a semi-auto 9mm handgun in the vehicle.

Lauren Waymouth, 35, Huntersville, N.C. pled nolo to one count reckless driving. She was sentenced to one  year probation. She was fined $500. According to court documents, Waymouth was arrested on July 31, 2018 by a GSP trooper on Interstate 20 near the 109 mile marker.

Lawrence Wyatt, 62, Madison pled guilty to one count sexual battery. He was sentenced to one year probation. He was fined $500. According to court documents, Wyatt was arrested on Nov. 9, 2018 by a MPD officer after, warrants allege, “he made intentional physical contact with the buttocks of (victim) without her consent.”

Thomas Miller Paradise, 36, Greensboro pled guilty to two counts burglary in the second degree. He was sentenced to five years and was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution to victims. According to court documents, Paradise was arrested on Dec. 21, 2018 by a MCSO investigator after, warrants allege, he entered a property on Parks Mill Road and took metal items, copper wiring and aluminum tables and then transported the items to a scrap metal yard and sold the items. A second warrant alleges Paradise also took $10,000 worth of tools from the residence and then pawned the items at a Covington pawn shop.

Amy Roberts, 47, Rutledge pled guilty to one count sale of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 15 years probation. She was fined $2,000. According to court documents, Roberts was arrested on April 10, 2018 by a MCSO investigator after she, warrants allege, sold $90 worth of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. The informant gave Roberts a $100 bill and received the methamphetamine and $10 in change.

Terry Wayne Brice, 59, Madison pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana more than an ounce and one count possession of drug related objects. He was sentenced to eight years probation. He was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Brice was arrested on Aug. 2, 2018 by a MCSO investigator. Warrants allege that three growing marijuana plants were observed behind Brice’s Whispering Lakes Drive residence by a GSP helicopter. A consequent search of the residence found jars, scales and bags with an indoor grow set up in a closet and smoking devices.

Heather Nicole Reagin, 34, Madison pled guilty to two counts obstruction and one count interference of government property. She was sentenced to five years probation. She was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Reagin was arrested on Jan. 2, 2019 by a MCSO investigator. Warrants allege that Reagin willfully resisted attempts to detain her and “violently thrashed about…” Officers were called to a Davis Academy Road residence after Reagin allegedly entered a residence and kicked out door glass.

William Mark Shelton, 48, Madison pled guilty to one count DUI and one count failure to maintain lane. He was sentenced to one year with the first 20 days to be served in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. He was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Shelton was arrested on April 23, 2017 by a GSP trooper after the trooper responded to a single vehicle wreck on Clack Road.

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