Speeders face jail time State Court cracks down on super speeders

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Of the 12 cases presented before Judge Kendall Gross in Candler County State Court, six involved charges of speeding in excess of 100 miles an hour. The majority - but not all - of those were on the interstate, where the limit is 70 mph.

Each of these defendants pleaded guilty and faced fines of $1,357 in addition to probation, court costs and, for some, requirements for community service and driver courses. Each one also found themselves receiving one other sentence - time in jail!

Sheriff John Miles, who attends the majority of State Court sessions, said that time in jail for speeds over 100 mph is typical in Candler County State Court.

“I have heard the Judge from the bench say he is tired of seeing crosses beside the road, particularly on the interstate because of death associated with crashes. Often, speed is a contributing factor in those crashes.

“This court’s policy has been to impose jail time if a person is convicted of over 100 mph - at least 48 hours and the time goes up as the speed increases. The Judge has been very consistent with his sentencing.”

 ast week, one defendant, charged with 113 in a 55, received a sentence of 30 days in jail.

Following are sentences from Friday’s State Court and from last week’s Superior Court session before Judge Tommy Smith.

The following cases were presented in the Oct. 16 session of Candler County State Court:

Christopher Norris-Thompkins, speeding (101/70); pleaded guilty. Sentence: $1,357 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 48 hours in jail; 40 hours community service.

Bailey Reid Price, failure to exercise due care; pleaded guilty. False driver’s license; nolle prosequi. Sentence: $808 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 40 hours community service; risk reduction program; alcohol/drug evaluations.

Jacob Daniel Jose Rosales, speeding, reduced from 104/70 to 85/70. Pleaded guilty. Sentence: $1,357 fine;  12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 48 hours in jail; 80 hours community service; defensive driver course.

Daniel G. Brassil, too fast for conditions, reduced from speeding, 105/70; pleaded guilty. Sentence: $1,357 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 48 hours in jail; 40 hours community service; defensive driving course.

Charleston M. Cain, too fast for conditions, reduced from speeding, 105/70. Pleaded guilty. Sentence: $1,357 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 48 hours in jail; 40 hours community service; defensive driving course.

Michael Martinez, driving without valid license; speeding; pleaded guilty. Sentence: $1,134 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 40 hours community service.

Maria Beatris, driving without a valid license; pleaded guilty. Sentence: $707 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 40 hours community service.

Latonya Michelle Boynton, speeding, 113/55; pleaded guilty. Sentence: $1,357 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 30 days in jail; 40 hours community service; risk reduction program.

Ermias Bekele, speeding, 103/70. Pleaded guilty. Sentence: $1,357 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 48 hours in jail; 40 hours community service; complete defensive driving course.

Heriberto Rodriguez, DUI, driving without a valid license, open container, improper passing in a no-passing zone. Pleaded guilty. Sentence: $1,893 fine; 12 months probation; $49 per month fees; 24 in jail; 80 hours community service; alcohol/drug evaluation; risk reduction program. 

The following cases were presented in Candler County Superior Court:

Martin Rodriguez, enticing a child for indecent purposes, pleaded guilty. Sentence: 429 days in jail; balance of 10 years to be served on probation; $50 fine; remain in Candler County Jail awaiting deportation; sex offender conditions; $122.50 court costs..

Chelsea Denise Horne, possession of amphetamine; pleaded guilty-Alford. Sentence: 15 years probation; $50 fine; $297.50 court costs.

Jackson Xavier Hacker, forgery in the third degree. Pleaded guilty-Alford. Sentence: Five years probation; $50; $3,429.75 restitution; $297.50 court costs.

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