South Georgia man pleaded guilty after hostage case in 2017

South Georgia man pleaded guilty after hostage case in 2017

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Antonio Fletcher, a Dougherty County man, pleaded guilty after prosecutors said he held his son hostage and threatened to kill everyone at a home on Blaylock Street in 2017.

Antonio Fletcher, Albany man pleads guilty (Source: WALB)
Antonio Fletcher, Albany man pleads guilty (Source: WALB)

After pleading guilty, prosecutors said he has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said Fletcher also known as “Pokie”, was unarmed at the time of the hostage incident, but he was still indicted on six charges and some of them will cause him to go to prison immediately.

Edwards said Fletcher broke into the house where his child and the child’s mother were living in August 2017.

Prosecutors said when Fletcher got inside, the mother--Elizabeth Hicks was able to get away while he held his child hostage inside.

The district attorney said when police arrived to the scene, he threatened to kill anyone who came into the home.

Antonio Fletcher, a Dougherty County man--pleaded guilty after prosecutors say he held his son hostage and threatened to kill everyone at a home on Blaylock Street in 2017 (Source: WALB)
Antonio Fletcher, a Dougherty County man--pleaded guilty after prosecutors say he held his son hostage and threatened to kill everyone at a home on Blaylock Street in 2017 (Source: WALB)

According to Edwards, Fletcher was unarmed, but his threats lead him to be indicted on the six counts.

Count 1: Burglary in the first degree

Count 2: False imprisonment

Count 3: Simple battery and family violence

Count 4: Terroristic threats

Counts 5 & 6: Cruelty to children in the third degree.

“The bases for those charges are when you engage in acts of cruelty or forceable felonies in the presence of a child, that in fact is a crime to allow a child to see that type of activity,” said Greg Edwards, District Attorney, Dougherty County Judicial Circuit.

Greg Edwards, District Attorney for Dougherty County Judicial Circuit (Source: WALB)
Greg Edwards, District Attorney for Dougherty County Judicial Circuit (Source: WALB)

Now Edwards adds, one count of terroristic threats and one count of cruelty to children was dismissed.

After his plea on Friday, he was sentenced to 20 years with the first 10 in prison.

Fletcher will also have to pay $3,250 in fines.

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