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South Georgia prosecutors conclude successful week

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Last week the South Georgia District Attorney's Office was scheduled to go to trial for three individuals who had refused the pleas they were offered.

D.A. Joe Mulholland says it was a successful week in that two were convicted and the third opted to plea at the last moment. "At times like this, with the economy the way it is, and people struggling I think it gives them a little faith and confidence in the system when they see those that have broken the law and the perpetrators of crimes are being held responsible."

44-year-old Norman Hampton, also known as the Candyman, was sentenced to 10 years to serve for his third felony theft.

In January Hampton was arrested for stealing a $325 leather jacket and $68 Scala felt hat from Belk.

Mulholland says Hampton has a 31 page criminal record. "In a case like this where you have a repeat offender who basically is just a scourge on the local business community, in times like this that's why we filed the Recidivus Notice."

In March, Kendall Gibson took off running across a Winn Dixie parking lot attempting to eat the cocaine he had in his possession.

His run stopped abruptly when he ran into a police cruiser in his attempt to escape capture. "Mr. Gibson received 15 years to serve for his charges due to his extensive criminal background and the nature of the charges," said Mulholland.

Monday night we reported the blind plea of former Bainbridge Public Safety Officer John Harrison.

Harrison was sentenced to 10 years probation for violating his oath of office. "Whenever you have a law enforcement officer who's charged with breaking the laws that they are entrusted by the general public to uphold, you have to take it incredibly seriously and that's why we didn't offer anything in this case," said Mulholland.

Mulholland says their main goal in the Harrison case was not to see him behind bars, but to make sure he can never again wear a badge.

Mulholland says he hopes to have similar success when he begins his next trial week September 19th in Grady County.


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