WEDOWEE––Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Tom F. Young sentenced some of those convicted or who pleaded guilty in fall criminal court.
He sentenced Christopher Dean Akins, 46, of 2777 County Road 110, Graham, to consecutive six-year terms for sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old and one year for second-degree sexual abuse, for a total of 13 years.
Matthew Sean Czik, 40. of 3375 County Road 75, was sentenced to five years on a possession of a controlled substance conviction and 15 years on an unlawful manufacturing controlled substance charge involving methamphetamine. The judge granted a split sentence with two years to serve and four years on supervised probation. Czik was ordered to successfully complete the Substance Abuse Program or Crime Bill Program prior to release. Other conditions of probation include the successful completion of the Center of Hope Program.
Robert W. Earnest Jr., 43, whose last address was listed as 3103 County Road 329, was sentenced to seven years for discharging a gun into an occupied building. This was a split sentence with 12 months to serve and three years of probation.
Under the new domestic violence strangulation or choking statute Daymond Juno Heard, 48, of 129 Cooledge Street, Wadley, was sentenced to five years. This was a split sentence requiring seven months in jail followed by three months of probation.
Assistant District Attorney Amy Newsome said the new domestic violence statutes have resulted in harsher sentences, especially in cases where strangulation or choking is involved.
In a similar case Gary William Rostofer, 24, of 1513 County Road 19, Newell, was sentenced to four years in a domestic violence strangulation/suffocation case.
Judge Young made sure anyone who sells drugs serves a minimum of 30 days and in some cases more, and that is for first-time offenders, Newsome said.
Some with any prior criminal history will serve more than that. It is a good wake-up call, she said.
McArthur Lynch Jr., 37, who turned down a 21-year plea offer, was convicted and was sentenced to 30 years each on two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, and one attempted first-degree sodomy count to run concurrently. He was sentenced to 15 years for violating the community notification act (for sex offenders) and moving without informing law enforcement or his probation officer.