Oconee jury convicts parents in child abuse case

Thursday, May 20, 2010 6:28 PM
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WATKINSVILLE, Ga.  - An Oconee County jury convicted a woman and her boyfriend of child abuse for locking the woman's 12-year-old son naked in a closet, shooting him with a pellet gun, pepper-spraying him and denying him food.

WATKINSVILLE, Ga.  - An Oconee County jury convicted Damita Devonna Peak and Norris Lazarus Walker of child abuse on Thursday.  Morris News Service
Morris News Service
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - An Oconee County jury convicted Damita Devonna Peak and Norris Lazarus Walker of child abuse on Thursday.

Jurors acquitted Damita Devonna Peak and Norris Lazarus Walker on 20 counts of aggravated assault, finding them guilty on a lesser charge of battery.

Superior Court Judge Steve Jones sentenced both to 40 years in prison, without probation.

The verdict ended a 10-day trial in which jurors heard six days of testimony from witnesses and the defendants themselves.

Peak, 36, and Walker, 39, told jurors they punished the boy because he constantly got in trouble and didn't respond to traditional forms of punishment.

They had each faced a possible life sentence, charged with a total of 82 felony counts.

Neither expressed remorse to the judge for what they did to Peak's son, now 13 and living with his younger brother with an area foster family.

Jones told Peak and Walker this was the worst case of child abuse he'd presided over, except for one in which a man and woman were convicted of murder for beating a 10-year-old boy to death a dozen years ago.

"You don't have to have a law degree, you don't have to have a medical degree, you don't have to have a high school diploma to know that was wrong," Jones told the defendants.

"It just disgusted me," he said.

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check 05/20/10 - 05:41 pm
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They will not get a chance

They will not get a chance again to abuse those children.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 05/20/10 - 05:53 pm
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I feel sorry for the children

I feel sorry for the children and the emotional scars they now have because of this.

curly123053
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curly123053 05/20/10 - 06:07 pm
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Good riddance......

Good riddance......

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 05/20/10 - 07:07 pm
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Thank you jury and thank you

Thank you jury and thank you judge for doing the right thing.

augustahistorybuff
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augustahistorybuff 05/20/10 - 07:27 pm
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40 years. Great. They will

40 years. Great. They will never see the light of day. They deserve it. Also, was it 40 years in prison without "probation" or "parole". Never heard a sentence before "without probation".

crackerjack
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crackerjack 05/20/10 - 08:13 pm
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Unfortunately, I think with

Unfortunately, I think with Good Time they could possibly get out in 10 to 12 years. Hopefully, this scum will be taken care of in prison.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 05/21/10 - 04:17 am
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They'll do 30. Without a

They'll do 30. Without a successful appeal, they'll never make parole.

ripjones
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ripjones 05/21/10 - 07:12 am
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We can only hope that

We can only hope that everyone in their prison "pod" is informed of what they did, and "give back a little love". Prison Justice -- sometimes it's a wonderful thing.

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