Nearly five decades of crime contributes to prison term for Augusta man, 74


A 74-year-old man whose criminal history dates back nearly five decades pleaded guilty Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court to theft and burglary charges.

For the $36,700 in golf cart parts and metal he stole and sold as scrap, William C. Dawkins was sentenced to serve eight years in prison, followed by 10 years on probation.

In June and July 2012, a homeless Dawkins stole more than 100 golf cart motors and metal from Time Transport on Sand Bar Ferry Road.