Longer prison sentences: Good for the crime rate, bad for the criminal

In practical terms, the memo to prosecutors reverses the Obama policy of looking the other way at serious crimes and, where a criminal was arrested for multiple crimes, charging him with one of the lesser ones in order to lock him up for a shorter sentence, or not lock him up at all.  The memo also restores the law to the way Congress wrote it in the first place.

By directing federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” in felony cases,  as Attorney General Jeff Sessions did last week, he is fulfilling the government’s primary responsibility:  protect American citizens from harm, and provide them with a safe environment.

Sessions’ new policy is aimed at serious habitual offenders – not first offenders, casual marijuana users or shoplifters.

Sessions’ new policy is aimed at serious habitual offenders – not first offenders, casual marijuana users or shoplifters.  Only the most serious crimes are brought before the federal courts, illegal drug cases being the most common – there were over 22,000 drug prosecutions in federal court during 2015, one-third of all federal prosecutions.  Just under 90 percent of those cases, according to the US Sentencing Commission, involved drug trafficking, usually involving interstate transport of drugs, and more often than not using firearms. Knowing what we do about drug traffickers, those who were caught were career criminals – people who trafficked in drugs dozens, hundreds, even thousands of times for each arrest.

 

Tiger Woods gets Arrested for DUI

Golf legend Tiger Woods was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida, Jupiter police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said.

Woods was booked into a local jail and released on his own recognizance with no bond a few hours later, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s online records.
It’s unclear whether Woods tested positive for alcohol or drugs. It’s also unknown at this time whether Woods was the only person in the vehicle. An arrest report was not immediately available on Monday.
Woods has a home on Jupiter Island.
Tiger needs to get remarried and start cheating on his new wife. This will put him back on top of the Golf world. When he got divorced it all fell apart.

Daycare worker who poured bleach into coworker’s soda sentenced to ten years

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — A former daycare worker accused of pouring bleach into a coworker’s bottle of Mountain Dew has been sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years probation.

Sharon Lavette Sexion has been sentenced for the offense of criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault, after taking a plea deal. Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig sentenced Sexion in court on Thursday.

Judge Craig said the entire incident was caught on video.

The video showed Sexion going into the laundry room of the daycare center where she worked. She put some bleach in a plastic cup, went to the refrigerator and removed the bottle of Mountain Dew of her co-worker, Juanita Quattlebaum. She then poured the bleach into the bottle and returned the Mountain Dew bottle to the refrigerator.

The initial report was made on the next day when Quattlebaum stated she poured the drink into her cup and noticed a strong odor of bleach. According to the incident report, surveillance video couldn’t immediately link Sexion to the incident so Quattlebaum did not know who poured the bleach in her drink at the time.

Three days later, a separate report was filed naming Sexion for reckless conduct after investigators reviewed the video some more. Sharon Sexion is seen in the video bending into the refrigerator and pouring an unknown substance from a white cup into the soda bottle.

According to the arrest warrant, Sexion was accused of felony aggravated assault for using a deadly concoction which could result in serious bodily injury.

 

Mother’s Day card for grandma leads to mom beating boy, police say

A South Carolina mother has been accused of beating her young son after the boy made a Mother’s Day card for his grandmother, but not one for her.

Spartanburg Police said Shontrell Murphy, 30, repeatedly hit her 6-year-old son after ripping up the card, Fox Carolina reported.

Murphy was charged with cruelty to children. She was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond.

Police said they found the boy crying when they went to the home Thursday for a report of a disturbance, the station reported. Officers said the grandmother told them her daughter slapped her grandson multiple times around the head.

Investigators said the boy’s sister told them their mother was upset because the Mother’s Day card her brother made wasn’t for her. She said the card was for their grandmother, according to the station.

The police report states that when Murphy realized the card wasn’t for her, she ripped it up and hit the boy repeatedly about the head, according to the station.

He was evaluated at a hospital and released.

The station reported that Murphy admitted to smacking the child but “does not believe it was in a hard or violent manner.”

Ex-Atlanta cop indicted, accused of helping murder suspect escape

A jury indicted a former Atlanta officer Friday on accusations he helped a murder suspect he knew avoid arrest, The Fulton County District Attorney’s office said.

Tommy Williams, 26, was one of several officers attempting to arrest Jabari Mathis in May 2015 for a murder in southwest Atlanta, when officials say Williams allowed the suspect to escape out a window of a home and leave the scene.

Mathis was wanted in connection with the April 2015 slaying of 50-year-old Gary Allen Mincy, who was found shot to death inside his vehicle in the 1100 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard.

Williams was instructed to monitor one of the windows, but instead let Mathis escape. Officers caught Mathis a short time later and took him to jail on murder, assault and attempted robbery charges.

Mathis later told officers he knew Williams and that he just let him go and “ran right past him.”

Williams later resigned from his position. He had been with the Atlanta Police Department since October 2012. He faces obstruction, hindering apprehension of a criminal and violation of oath charges.

9 YEAR OLD WINDER, GA BOY PASSED AWAY AFTER BEING SHOT

WINDER, Ga. — A 9-year-old boy has passed away after being shot inside of a Winder home, Barrow County authorities have confirmed.

The boy was found with gunshot wounds inside of a home on Avalon Court around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, but later succumbed to his injuries, according to Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith.

The boy’s name has not been released. On Wednesday, officials said the investigation into the circumstances behind the shooting was underway.

Smith said investigators are trying to determine if teh shooting was accidental or intentional.

Sketch released of suspect in violent parking lot rape

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ATLANTA — DeKalb County Police released a sketch of suspect in a violent rape.

According to police, an unidentified man pulled a gun on a woman, 27, in the parking lot of the Atlas LaVista Hills apartments on Parklake Drive. He is then accused of forcing his way into her car, driving it to a nearby parking lot where he sexually assaulted her.

The incident reportedly happened Sunday March 6.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the rape is encouraged to contact DeKlab County Police Department at (770) 724-7519.

Bartow sheriff’s deputy retires a day after DUI arrest

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A veteran Bartow County sheriff’s deputy retired Monday, one day after she was arrested on a DUI charge, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

Brandy Kottemann, who had worked for the sheriff’s office since 1992, was arrested Sunday by Cartersville police on charges that include DUI and failing to maintain her lane.

The deputy’s arrest came after Bartow dispatch issued a lookout about 8:23 p.m. for a possible drunk driver leaving the Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse on East Church Street, according to a Cartersville police report.

Number of UGA students allegedly sexually assaulted by Athens man is growing

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The number of UGA students alleging they were preyed upon sexually by an Athens man who may have drugged them is growing.

The case against Andre Montez Jones, 27, began in December, when an 18-year-old UGA student ran bloodied and shirtless from Jones’ apartment, seeking help after he allegedly woke up in Jones’ apartment to find himself being sexually assaulted by his supposed friend, who then allegedly physically beat him.

Athens-Clarke County police arrested Jones on battery and aggravated sodomy by force charges. While Jones was free on a $10,000 bond, he was arrested a second time in February, on similar allegations made by another UGA student.

A third student came forward last month and spoke with a Sex Crimes Unit investigator, but did not want to file an official police report for fear of his identity becoming public.

Then a fourth UGA student came forward this past Wednesday, alleging Jones forcibly sodomized him. That 22-year-old did file a police report.

“As you can see this case is very fluid because additional victims have come forward,” said Lt. Jeff Clark, commanding officer of the Sex Crimes Unit. Still more potential victims are thought to possibly out there, he said.

There is no rush to charge Jones for the most recently reported alleged assault, as he is not going anywhere anytime soon. He’s been locked up at the Clarke County Jail since his second arrest, having been denied bail.

“This case is unique because the suspect has been charged and in custody,” Clarke said. “As a result, we are communicating closely with the District Attorney Office to determined the appropriate course of action regarding the additional charges.”

Police have stopped short of alleging Jones to be a sexual predator, but they said there are striking similarities between all of the allegations.

“All statements appear to be consistent with one another,” said Clark, referring to what all four UGA students had to say about their encounters with Jones.

Police have not disclosed details concerning any of the alleged assault, except for the first one because of unusual circumstance surrounding it. Allegations concerning that assault were written up in general terms by a patrol officer who met with the victim downtown, where he was pleading for help. There are no incident reports for the other alleged assaults, as the allegations were made by students during interviews with detectives.

Here is what is known based on information the patrol officer obtained from the first victim and wrote it up in an incident report:

Early the morning of Dec. 15, a shirtless 18-year-old UGA student with a bloody nose and other injuries was seen wandering around downtown, asking people to call police. He later told police he was physically assaulted by Jones at the suspect’s home at Whistlebury Walk apartments on Willow Street.

He said he completed taking a final exam the night before when he accepted Jones’ invitation to come over and watch a Netflix movie, police said.

After Jones allegedly gave the student a beer that was already opened, police said the next thing the student knew was he was naked in bed with Jones attempting to have oral sex with him.

After telling Jones he was not gay and “didn’t do things like that,” the student related to police he got dressed and tried taking his phone from the suspect, at which time Jones allegedly started attacking him. Unable to enlist the help of Jones’ roommate, police said the student ran from the apartment and knocked on neighbors’ doors but still could not find any help. That is when he ran downtown where he found someone to call 911.

Police said when they met with the student at a downtown intersection, he was not wearing a shirt, had a bloody nose, swollen eye and numerous scratches on his neck, face and elsewhere on his body.

He requested an ambulance because he felt like he might have a concussion, police said, and was subsequently taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

A different officer went to Jones’ apartment and interviewed the suspect, and the investigation was later turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division, police said.

Jones was subsequently arrested on charges of aggravated sodomy with force and battery.

On the sodomy charge, according to the arrest warrant, the victim was said to be “intoxicated and unable to give consent.”

Jones allegedly committed battery by “hitting (the victim) in the face and leaving scratches on his neck when the victim tried to stop him from performing oral sex…,” according to the warrant.

The first indication there might be other possible victims came on Dec. 16, when OnlineAthens reported Jones’ arrest.

In the reader comments section of OnlineAthens, someone calling themselves Long Arm of the Law posted:

“Yay! A friend of mine reported this menace a couple years ago but was so badly drugged that no one paid attention to him. When ACC police stopped to help him in a similar circumstance, Jones was released while my friend was taken into jail for underage possession. I wish there was a way to increase this guy’s sentence because he’s caused a lot of harm around Athens. I also hope that ACC will pay further attention to their victims and not lock away college students who were just assaulted.”

The student who came forward on Wednesday told police he was allegedly assaulted by Jones in 2013.

If anyone believes themselves to have been victimized by Jones, police are urging you to contact Det. Shannon Parker at (706) 613-3888, ext. 783, or shannon.parker@athensclarkecounty.com.

Anyone else who has been sexually assaulted or knows someone who has can contact The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center. The agency provides a range of free services to child and adult students of sexual and physical abuse, including medical accompaniment, advocacy, referrals, counseling and support groups. The Cottage also maintains a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, at (877) 363-1912.

For UGA students who affected by relationship and sexual violence, the University Health Center’s Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention program provides crisis intervention and support, safety planning, medical and legal accompaniment, as well as academic and housing accommodations. Call (706) 542-8690 or visit www.uhs.uga.edu/rsvp for more information.

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