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Murder case continued in January court session

Special to SEGAZINE

The case against three suspects in a May 2012 murder in which the body was found alongside a dirt road near the Brantley-Glynn County line was continued in the January term of criminal court, according to court records.

Dayjuan Marquez Mangram, Shaquilla Janna White and Rena Lang were each named in an indictment dated Sept. 12, 2012, with aggravated assault, felony murder, malice murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and concealing the death of Untavious Gillard.

In addition, Mangram was indicted for possession of a handgun by a person user the age of 18 years.

The three were named in earlier indictment dated Aug. 16 which included all the same charges except malice murder, which was added in the second indictment.

Bot indictments remain active and it’s unclear which will be prosecuted when the case comes to trial, according to the Brantley County Clerk of Court’s office.

The January term also included a litany of drug and alcohol related indictments as well as traffic, theft and assault-related offenses.

Most cases were continued, but some were pleaded out and others were listed as nolle prossed, meaning they will not be prosecuted,  or dead docketed, which means they have been postponed indefinitely.

Defendants in nolle proceed cases included Jonathan Summers, charged with manufacturing and growing marijuana; Anthony Moore for theft by taking motor vehicle; Chad Murph for burglary; Kenneth Williams for driving with a suspended license and possession of diazepam; Edward Wheatly for driving with no working turn signals, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and driving without a license; Stacy Merrill Lake Jr. for possession of oxycodone and hydrocodone; Kristina Montgomery Crews for manufacture of methamphetamine; Redick Aaron Thornton IV for simple battery, reckless conduct and pedestrian under the influence;  Jason M. Lee for possession of a controlled substance Melissa Kinlaw for manufacture and growth of marijuana and possession of a drug related object; Damon Smith for theft by taking, theft  last or mislaid property, and criminal trespass.

Two cases were nolle proceed because the defendants — Joanna Mixon for open container and furnishing alcohol to a minor and Charles Benny Thomas for driving under the influence of alcohol — were deceased.

Dead docketed case included those against James Kelly Floyd for aggravated assault, cruelty to children, possession of a sawed off shotgun, possession of a destructive device or replica of one, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, by a convicted felon and by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime; Leon Carlos Blount for driving under the influence and weaving, and Roy Waters for making harassing phone calls.

One defendant, Cleveland O’Steen pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was banished from Brantley County unless he has a family emergency, in which case he must notify his probation officer and the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office before returning.

He also was placed on 15 years probation and ordered to pay a $7,000 fee for the cleanup of a methamphetamine lab.

Guilty pleas included:

• Kendall Johnson to sale of cocaine and distributing cocaine within 1000 feet of a housing project, received a $1,500 fine, ordered to pay $100 court costs, and placed on six months probation. Johnson also pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and got 12 months probation.

• James Roberson to four counts of sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, sentenced to 10 years with seven years probation, a $1,500 fine and $100 court costs.

• Kristina Montgomery pleaded guilty to obstruction, simple battery, and possession of methamphetamine, hydromorphone and morphine and got 10 years probation, a $1,500 fine and $300 in court fees plus a $500 attorney fee and a $50 fee.

• Christopher Lee Smith pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and evading police and got 12 months probation, a $1,350 fine, $100 court costs and 40 hours of community service.

• Paul Johnson pleaded guilty to speeding, reckless driving and got 12 months of probation, a $1,000 fine and $100 court costs.

• Steven Ammons pleaded to a stop sign violation, DUI, driving with suspended license, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and got five years probation, a $1,500 fine, $100 court costs, and a $500 attorney fee.









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