Several defendants entered guilty pleas to various offenses and were sentenced to either confinement or probation in McDuffie County Superior Court last Tuesday.
One of the cases involved a Thomson youth who pleaded guilty, but mentally ill to a charge of armed robbery of an individual on Sept. 19, 2007.
Derreuna Montavious Smith, who is incarcerated at the Youth Development Center in Augusta, was sentenced to 10 years confinement by Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Harold A. Hinesley, court records show. Judge Hinesley ordered that Mr. Smith also receive mental evaluation as needed.
A co-defendant in that case, Petrell Bernard Avera, also of Thomson, who is charged with the same crime, is seeking a jury trial.
In separate cases, the following persons were sentenced after they pleaded guilty to varied charges:
Travis Fontone Jackson, theft by receiving stolen property; received four years probation, fined $500 and ordered to pay certain court costs;
Miquel Andrews, simple assault, received 12 months probation, 60 days confinement, fined $500, ordered to attend anger management classes, ordered to have no contact with the victim and to pay certain court costs. As to a charge of possession of hydrocodone, Mr. Andrews pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years probation and fined $250;
Cassius J. Glover, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, received a sentence of three years probation, fined $500 for the drug offense and 12 months probation on the obstruction conviction;
Robert Tywon Bussey, robbery by intimidation, received five years probation, fined $500, ordered to do community service and to pay certain court costs;
Cornez Deangelo Facuda, robbery by intimidation, received five years probation under the First Offender Act, fined $500 and ordered to do community service;
June Marie Grey, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drugs not in their original container, received three years probation and fined $500;
April S. Hatcher, criminal damage to property in the second degree, received a fine of $750 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,500; and
Michael Aaron Street, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, received First Offender Act treatment and sentenced to four years probation, credited with time served, fined $1,000 and ordered to do community service.
The cases were prosecuted by Toombs Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Durwood Davis. Defendants were represented by area defense attorneys, including the circuit public defender's officer.