Former Dawson city manager enters pleas

Barney Parnacott Sentencing

DAWSON, GA (WALB) - Owen “Barney” Parnacott, former Dawson city manager, entered guilty pleas in two separate cases Tuesday afternoon.

Parnacott was sentenced to 20 years probation for an aggravated sodomy charge.

The former city manager was also sentenced to 10 years probation for theft by taking and five years probation for false statements and writings, which is to be served consecutively.

Parnacott is banished from the Pataula Judicial Circuit, which includes Terrell, Randolph, Quitman, Clay, Early, Miller and Seminole counties.

For the aggravated sodomy charge, Parnacott will have to register as a sex offender.

Parnacott was arrested in November 2018 for aggravated sodomy, and placed in the Terrell County jail, where he has remained.

Parnacott is accused of taking a city-owned truck, and forging a bill of sale to get the title and registration in his name.

Soon after, the Dawson City Council voted to terminate his employment, and to remove Parnacott from office, because he could not carry out his duties from jail.

In January, he was indicted by a Terrell County grand jury on the aggravated sodomy, theft by taking, and false statements and writings charges.

James Woods filled the city manager’s post in January, while Parnacott was incarcerated.

Then in March, after a number of discrepancies were found in the city of Dawson’s gas system, consultants said many of the problems were swept under the rug by Parnacott.

Parnacott was denied bond after a day-long hearing in Terrell County Superior Court on April 12.

WALB reported in March 2018, that a witness in a trial of a man accused of shooting then Mayor Chris Wright, that Parnacott gave him money

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