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Violent crime victim is angry

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Enoch Raines was beaten as he built a wheelchair ramp for elderly friends, and is speaking out because he says his attacker got a slap on the wrist.

He suffered a fractured wrist and fractured eye socket. Clarence Johnny Calloway pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to time served and 10 years probation.

The aggravated assault charge could have carried a sentenced up to 20 years in jail, but Clarence Calloway was given time served which amounted to a year, a punishment the victim says doesn't go far enough.

 A now healed Enoch Raines was prepared to go to court later this month to witness his attacker's trial. Instead, he got this letter letting him know the case was over. "I would have liked to have been there, if that was going to be the case then why send me something asking me to come in on the 17th," he said.

He received the subpoena, but Clarence Calloway entered a plea during calendar call. The District Attorney's office tried to contact Raines.

"It's our intent to try to let victims know what is going on in terms of scheduling and what the defendants will do in terms of that process," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Raines said he wasn't contacted and feels he got no say in the process, other that statements made to police. As he sorts through still unpaid medical bills, he was also unaware robbery charges were dropped because of discrepancies.

"The defendant apparently acknowledged the physical altercation with the victim in this instance, he acknowledged that, but denied throughout that there was any robbery involved, he didn't take any money from him," said Edwards.

Calloway also claimed Raines started the argument, Raines says not so. Greg Edwards says there was no other evidence that supported the claim of robbery and the victim claimed differing amounts. Raines says that's because he was still confused after being knocked unconscious. He says the probation sentence left him with more questions than answers.

"If I could have closure with it I would be fine, if I understood it but, right now I just don't understand it," Raines said.

As he sorts though the pictures of the crime and prescription receipts he says while outside scars have healed he wonders if he'll ever get over the internal scars that remain.

Raines was awarded $3,080 in restitution for bills Raines turned into the District Attorney's office. Raines claims his expenses were slightly more than that and is considering the civil case to recoup other costs.

Clarence Calloway was ordered to stay away from Enoch Raines, and to attend Anger Management Counseling. Calloway was on probation for a forgery case when he committed this crime and was featured on Most Wanted.

He must also report to a probation officer every week during the 10 year probation. Judge Denise Marshall issued the sentencing.

 

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