On March 21, 2018, David Scott Batchelor entered a non-negotiated guilty plea in front of the Honorable W. Fletcher Sams in Upson County. The defendant was charged with 30 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children. On Counts 1-29, Judge Sams sentenced the defendant to 20 years with the first 18 to be served in prison. On Count 29, the defendant was sentenced to 20 years probation to run consecutively to his prison sentence and on Count 30, the defendant received 20 years, consecutive probation. His total sentence was 60 years with the first 18 years to be served in prison. District Attorney Benjamin D. Coker prepared the case for trial.
District Attorney Coker said of the plea and resulting sentence, “child pornography is not a victimless crime. Every time someone views or downloads these images, the children depicted are revictimized. This sentence sends a strong message that if you choose to engage in this kind of conduct, then the consequences will be severe. I would like to thank my staff, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, and the witnesses in this case. If we all continue to work together as a team, we can get these predators off of the streets and keep our children safe.”
The Fayette County District Attorney’s Office completed trial calendars in front of The Honorable W. Fletcher Sams and The Honorable “Mack” Crawford. Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Warren Sellers and Assistant District Attorney Christy Jindra handled the calendars.
The following were notable pleas in front of Judge Sams:
State v. Jaivon Gabriel Bowe - Case No. 2017R-0478A
Bowe, an 18 year old man from Jonesboro, GA, entered guilty pleas on three cases. He pled guilty to case number 2017R-0478 with the counts of Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary and False Imprisonment. He was sentenced to 20 years with the first 15 years to be served in prison. Bowe pled guilty to entering a home in Fayetteville, GA on 7/14/2017. The defendant entered the bedroom of the victim, held the victim at gunpoint and restrained him with duct tape. The victim was punched, shoved, and choked. While the victim was restrained, the defendant took a television, pellet rifle, an Xbox, and United States Currency.
Bowe also pled guilty to Case Number 2018R-0107 to Attempted Murder of a Witness in a Proceeding and was sentenced to 10 years to serve in prison. On January 29, 2018, Bowe offered to pay an inmate at the Fayette County Jail $20,000 to kill the victim in the Home Invasion. Bowe also included a detailed drawing of the victim’s home.
Bowe also entered a guilty plea to Theft by Taking in Case Number 2017R-0285B. He was sentenced to 5 years to be served in prison. On 12/22/2016, Bowe took a motor vehicle in Peachtree City.
State v. David Coney – Case No. 2017R-0551A
Coney, a 47 year old man from Savannah, entered a plea to one count of shoplifting. He was sentenced to 10 years, serve 6 years in prison followed by 4 years probation. He was caught shoplifting at Target in Peachtree City, GA.
State v. Nicole Berry – Case No. 2018R-0008
Berry, a 47 year old woman from Decatur, entered a plea to one count of shoplifting and was sentenced to 10 years, serve 5 years in prison followed by 5 years probation.She was caught shoplifting at the Home Depot in Peachtree City.
State v. Jarvis Chism – Case No. 2017R-0548
Chism, a 23 year old man from Powder Springs, Georgia entered a guilty plea to Aggravated Assault on Peace Officer and Fleeing and Attempting to Elude a police officer. He was sentenced to 10 years, serve 1 year in prison followed by 9 years probation consecutive to sentence in count 3. He damaged a patrol vehicle by striking it during a high speed chase in Fayette County.
The following were notable pleas in front of Judge Crawford:
State v. Charles Heard – Case No. 2017R-0560
Heard, a 56 year old man from Peachtree City, pled guilty to Criminal Attempt to Commit a Robbery and Exploitation/Intimidation of an Elderly Person. He received 20 years with the first 7 years to be spent in prison. He is also banished from Fayette and Coweta Counties. Heard pled to attempting to forcibly remove the victim, an elderly lady, from her car at the Walgreens in Peachtree City. The victim refused to get out of the car, and the defendant fled the scene on foot.
State v. John Dockery – Case No. 2017R -0407Dockery, a 36 year old man from Fayetteville, pled guilty to Arson in the First Degree and was sentenced to 15 years with the first 7 to be served in prison. Dockery burned down his house after his wife filed a divorce action.
Bryan Leyva-Gonzalez – Case No. 2017R-0469
21 year old Leyva-Gonzalez entered a plea to Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude for an incident that occurred on 09/10/2017. On that date, he led police on a high speed chase from Fayette to Coweta Counties. He was sentenced to 7 years with the first 3 to be served in prison.
District Attorney Coker said of the pleas, “the Fayette County DA’s Office worked hard to bring about resolutions to these cases and more over the last week. Thanks to their hard work, along with the efforts of law enforcement, court staff, witnesses and victims, these criminals are off of the streets of Fayette County.”
Thank you to Rehoboth Middle School for having me at Career Day. We had such a good time putting on a mock trial with the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes. These kids are so smart and talented. Spalding has a bright future! Thanks to my Chief Assistant, Marie Greene Broder, and ADA Ashton Hewett Fallin for helping out today. I also want to thank the educators that we met. The job you do with these kids every day is inspirational. Thank you for working tirelessly to educate our children.