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TIFTON -- Several defendants on the Superior Court of Tift County's criminal court calendar forfeited their right to jury trials Friday and pleaded guilty during calendar call/motion day.

Tift Superior Court Judge J. Harvey Davis sentenced the defendants after accepting their guilty pleas.

Two weeks of criminal trials are scheduled this summer, one beginning July 8 and another Aug. 19. There is no word yet on the trial scheduled.

The following defendants pleaded last week and were sentenced as shown:

*Ben Chandler, 30, 404 Hickory Drive, arrested Dec. 13 on a first degree forgery charge, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 10 years probation with credit for time served. He was also ordered to pay $658 in restitution, $350 in attorneys fees, $500 in fines and $125 in court costs.

*Ronnie Culpepper, 39, 114 U.S. Highway 319 North, was arrested three times between Dec. 7 and Jan. 3 on burglary and first and second degree forgery charges. He was sentenced on nine forgery counts and the burglary charges to serve a total of 20 years in the state penitentiary. He will serve 10 of those years in prison and the balance on probation. Culpepper was also ordered to pay over $1,100 in fines, $875 in court costs, $300 in attorney's fees and restitution in the amount of $727.17. He was also ordered to serve 80 hours of community service.

*Bobby Feagin, 23, 156 Roberts Road, Ocilla, who was arrested May 7 on a possession of cocaine charge, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 10 years on intensive probation. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $125 in court cost, restitution, attorney's fees and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

*Bobby Johnson, 20, 325 Old Omega Road, Apt. 12, pleaded guilty to a burglary charge and will be sentenced after an investigation into Johnson's criminal history and an evaluation. He was arrested Jan. 15 on the charge.

*Shauna Marie Lester, 19, 115 Alder St., was arrested July 10 on theft by conversion and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. She was sentenced as a first offender to serve five years on probation, pay $750 in fines, $250 in court costs, restitution and attorney's fees.

*Latez McCormick, 24, 145 MLK Drive, Ashburn, was arrested May 31 and charged with two counts of transaction card fraud and one count of criminal attempt to commit transaction card fraud. McCormick was sentenced to serve a total of four-and-one-half years in a state penitentiary and to pay $500 in fines and $125 in restitution.

*Terri Page, 28, 1213 N. College Ave., was arrested April 1, 1999 and charged with theft by deception. She was sentenced as a first offender to serve five years on probation, pay restitution in the amount of $825.65, pay a $750 fine, pay $125 in court costs and to serve 100 hours of community service.



To contact reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321, ext. 208.



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