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Guilty pleas taken in Superior Court

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By Patrick Yost

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Several persons recently entered pleas during criminal hearings in Morgan County Superior Court. The following cases were adjudicated.

Joequan Diekiess Gordon, 22, Madison pled guilty to one count aggravated stalking. He was sentenced to five years probation and fined $1,000. According to court documents, Gordon was arrested on Sept. 10, 2017 by the Madison Police Department. Warrants allege that Gordon, in violation of a Temporary Protective Order, went to a woman’s place of business and harassed her and followed her to a Penor Street residence where he allegedly produced a handgun and threatened the woman. Warrants also allege that when the woman left the residence he followed and fired two shots in the air.

Mateo Burgos, 20, Godfrey pled guilty to four counts cruelty to children in the first degree. He was sentenced to 20 years with eight years to be served in confinement and the remainder on probation and he was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Burgos was arrested on Jan. 9, 2018 by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) after they responded to reports that Burgos had inflicted injuries on a 7-month-old child at a Seven Islands Road, Godfrey residence. Warrants allege that the child had multiple abrasions to her mouth, multiple contusions on both sides of the face, subdural hemorrhaging, retinal hemorrhaging and adrenal hemorrhaging. The child also had a buckle fracture and the frenulum in her mouth was torn.

Neshan Danielle Harper, 35, Waycross pled guilty to one count possession of oxycodone, one count DUI and one count failure to maintain lane. She was sentenced to three years with the first seven days to serve at the Morgan County Detention Center and the remainder to be served on probation. She was fined $800. According to court documents,, Harper was arrested on March 9, 2018 by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on Georgia Highway 83 after she allegedly swerved into the lane of on-coming traffic. Consequent to the stop a deputy located two Oxycodone pills on Harper’s person.

Jerrod Melentez Morgan, 23, Madison pled guilty to one count interference of government property. He was sentenced to five years probation and fined $1,000. According to court documents, Morgan was arrested on April 27, 2018 by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Warrants allege that he carved the letter “J” into a table with his handcuffs while waiting on a court hearing.

Dandre Jamel Hodge, 25, Columbia, S.C. pled guilty to one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and one count failure to maintain lane. He was sentenced to one year with the first 48 hours to be served in confinement and the remainder on probation and was fined $500. According to court documents, Hodge was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) on Aug. 15, 2018 on Interstate 20. Consequent to a traffic stop, a trooper found a candy bar in Hodge’s vehicle that contained THC.

Stenny Smith, III, 49, Monroe pled guilty to one count shoplifting. He was sentenced to one year probation and fined $500. According to court documents, Smith was arrested by the Madison Police Department on Dec. 15, 2018. Warrants allege that Smith took two 43” LED televisions sets valued at $695 each from Wal Mart without paying for the items.

Jamahl Devon Cash, 26, Orangeburg, S.C. pled guilty to one count driving while license suspended.  He was sentenced to one  year probation and was fined $500. According to court documents, Cash was arrested on Oct. 9, 2018 by the GSP on Interstate 20.

Ashley Michelle Bellew, no age, no address given, pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine and one count possession of drug related objects, She was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1,000. According to court documents, Bellew was arrested by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Feb. 7, 2019 in possession of methamphetamine and a syringe after she was stopped for speeding.

Bryanetta Grant, 43, Fayetteville pled guilty to one count driving while license suspended. She was sentenced to one year probation and fined $500. According to court documents, Grant was arrested by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office  on Aug. 19, 2018 on Interstate 20 for an obscured license plate violation.

Elvis James Laborn, 59, Madison pled guilty to one count DUI and one count obstruction. He was sentenced to two years with the first 15 days to be served at the Morgan County Detention Center and the remainder to be served on probation and he was fined $800. According to court documents, Laborn was arrested by the GSP on South Main Street, Madison.

Rodgrick Kendrelle Young, 40, Rutledge pled guilty to one count DUI. He was sentenced to one year with the first 48 hours to be served at the Morgan County Detention Center and the remainder to be served on probation and he was fined $800. According to court documents, Young was arrested by GSP on May 11, 2018 near the intersection of Williams Street and Kelly Street in Rutledge.

Alvin Glenn Yates, 23, Monticello, pled guilty to one count obstruction of an officer. He was sentenced to one year probation and fined $500. According to court documents, Yates was arrested on Aug. 16, 2018 by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on Apalachee River Road after the deputy stopped a vehicle driven by Yates for a faulty windshield. Consequent to the stop, warrants state, the deputy found Yates and another man had switched positions and the other man was in the driver’ s seat and Yates was attempting to hide in the back seat.

Brandon Vandarius Rivers, 28, Madison pled guilty to two counts criminal trespass and was sentenced to on eyear probation. According to court documents, Rivers was arrested on Sept. 24, 2018 by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Warrants allege that Rivers damaged a bed and exterior door at a Price Mill Road residence.

Kenneth Wayne Gordon, 57, Bogart pled guilty to one count possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to three years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Gordon was arrested on March 22, 2019 by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Warrants allege that Gordon possessed 5.7 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop at the intersection of Price Mill Road and Apalachee Road.

Robert Lamar West, 34, Toccoa pled guilty to one count giving false information to a law enforcement officer and was sentenced to six months detention. According to court documents, West was arrested by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on March 21, 2019 during a traffic stop at the intersection of Price Mill Road and Apalachee Road. Warrants allege that West gave officers a false name, in part, because he had outstanding warrants against him in Arkansas and Georgia.

Thomas Lamar Sykes, 30, Norcross pled guilty to one count crossing guard line with contraband, one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and one count driving while license suspended. He was sentenced to five years probation and was fined $1,000. According to court documents, Sykes was arrested on July 28, 2018 by the Georgia State Patrol on Interstate 20.

Ricky Lane Fitch, 48, Madison pled guilty to one count interference with government property, one count possession of cocaine and one count possession of drug related objects. 

He was sentenced to five years with the first 180 days to serve in the Morgan County Detention Center and the remainder to be served on probation and was fined $1,000. 

According to court documents, Fitch was arrested by the Madison Police Department on May 23, 2019. 

Warrants allege that Fitch was stopped while walking from Town Park to West Washington Street because an officer had knowledge of an outstanding warrant against Fitch. 

Consequent to Ftich’s detainment, an officer found a glass cylinder with cocaine residue.

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