This week, the Upson County District Attorney’s Office completed a trial week with the Honorable Mac Crawford. There were 88 cases on the calendar. The office disposed of 64 cases. In total, defendants that committed crimes in Upson County were sentenced to 1,607 months of probation and 32 years in confinement in prison.
Dustin Lee Cain pled guilty to Serious Injury by Vehicle, Driving under the Influence, and Driving While his License was Suspended. He was sentenced to 15 years with the first 7 years to be served in prison. Cain pled guilty to driving a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, diazepam, nordiazepam, alprazolam, hydrododone, methamphetamine and mirtazapine and causing an accident on Highway 74 in Upson County. The incident occurred on June 23, 2016. Peggy Dianne Buttrum was seriously injured in the accident and sustained injuries to her feet, knee, hip, pelvis and spine. Ms. Buttrum’s family gave a victim impact statement at the plea.
William Gunn pled guilty to two counts Felony Obstruction of an Officer and received 10 years with the first 3 years to be served in prison. Gunn pled guilty to striking Officer Kenneth Gore in the Upson County Jail in the face, chest, and stomach. The incident occurred July 14, 2016.
Tyler Ford pled guilty to Aggravated Assault and was sentenced to 20 years with the first 3 years to serve in prison. Ford pled guilty to an incident occurring on March 24, 2016. The victim in the case was Ford’s mother.
Drell Donald Goodman pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. He was sentenced to 15 years with the first 8 years to be served in prison.
Assistant District Attorneys Mark Irvin, Michael Rogers, and Ashton Fallin worked tirelessly to prepare the cases on the calendar. District Attorney Benjamin Coker handled the calendar call. District Attorney Coker said of the week: “The resolutions to these cases were the result of my hard-working staff. I am always proud of their professionalism and dedication to keeping Upson County safe.”