The Spalding County District Attorney’s Office completed a trial week with the Honorable Christopher Edwards this week. There were 140 cases on the calendar. The office disposed of 103 cases. In total, defendants that committed crimes in Spalding County were sentenced to 164 years on probation and 40 years in confinement in prison.
Timothy Nolton pled guilty to Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree. He was sentenced to 10 years to serve in prison. Nolton pled guilty to driving his vehicle into an electric power pole which was property of the Griffin Electrical Department. The incident occurred on October 29, 2014.
Christopher Jones pled guilty to Aggravated Assault. He was sentenced to 8 years with the first three years to serve in prison. Jones pled guilty to choking his then girlfriend. Jones also pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.
Marvin Thomas pled guilty to Theft by Taking. He was sentenced to 5 years to serve. He pled guilty to taking four tractors and four lawn mowers from Tennessee Steal Haulers on March 14, 2014. He is currently serving an unrelated prison sentence in Coffee County Correctional Facility.
Joshua Alexander pled guilty to two counts of Felony Obstruction of an Officer. He was sentenced to 7 years to serve.
Assistant District Attorney Donna GoPaul worked persistently on this calendar. District Attorney Benjamin Coker said of the week: “ADA GoPaul had a difficult challenge of clearing some of the older cases in our office that she inherited when she started in January. She took on the task of moving those older cases, and I’m extremely proud of the work that she has done. My goal is to work to eliminate the backlog of cases in my office, and ADA GoPaul helped work towards accomplishing that task this week.”