Tonight's Candlelight Vigil was a truly inspirational event with presentations from Spalding County State Court Judge Josh Thacker, District Attorney Marie Broder and a survivor story from a victim of domestic violence. Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb and law enforcement officers from Upson County, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Tyrone participated in the vigil. Thank you to Promise Place and the Griffin Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force for hosting the ceremony.
Mario Camacho-Cruz was convicted by a Spalding County jury for Aggravated Sexual Battery and two counts of child molestation after several days of trial. The victim testified about the acts the defendant performed on her. The defendant was a family friend to the child. The Honorable Scott Ballard sentenced the defendant to 40 years with 30 years to be served in prison. ADA Kate Lenhard and ADA Holly McDonald tried the case for the State.