Thank you to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office for inviting us to participate in this year’s Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. It was a beautiful ceremony. To those loved ones who live with the devastating loss of the victims every day, please know that you and these victims have a forever place in our hearts. May they never be forgotten.
Thank you to Upson-Lee North Elementary for having me today. It was a pleasure to speak to the 3rd graders about the separation of powers along with Councilman Ryan Tucker, and City Manager Russell Thompson.
The Fayette County District Attorney’s Office has been busy with trials over the last few weeks. Last week, Ciro Martines-Montes, a 30 year old man from Fayetteville, Georgia, was convicted of 3 counts of Child Molestation by a Fayette County jury. He was sentenced by the Honorable Christopher Edwards to 10 years in prison followed by 50 years on probation. The defendant is required to register as a sex offender.
Assistant District Attorney Dan Hiatt, with the Fayette County District Attorney’s Office, was the lead attorney on the case. Sergeant Shawn Albea with the Fayetteville Police Department was the lead investigator on the case. The victim, a 12 year old girl, testified at trial.
This week, a Fayette County jury convicted Avery Johnson, a 25 year old man from Fayetteville, of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes. The Honorable W. Fletcher Sams sentenced Johnson to 20 years to serve in prison followed by 10 years on probation. He is also required to register as a sex offender. Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Warren Sellers was the lead prosecutor on the case. Detective Clint Patton, with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case. The victim testified at trial.
Trials will continue next week.