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Accused gang members get rulings

Two more cases to be heard in Superior Court

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Of the five teens charged in the beating of Terence Reese on Circular Drive, one has been acquitted, one will go on probation and another will be incarcerated for up to two years.

Ross Nipple, a slight 15-year-old who police said claimed to be a member of the Bloods gang, was led away by deputies after a hearing in Richmond County Juvenile Court on Friday. An officer handed the tie Nipple wore to his mother, and took him into the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

He was one of three defendants whose cases weren't bumped up to Superior Court last month, all of whom were handed verdicts Friday by Judge Willie Saunders.

Saunders cleared Joshua Plowright, 15, of aggravated battery and criminal street-gang activity charges, citing conflicting evidence on whether he was present for the March 1 assault. Authorities say a group of boys claiming membership in the Apple Valley Posse gang decided to "lock down the block," beating mercilessly the first person to enter their territory. At least one of them wielded brass knuckles.

The judge dropped the street-gang charges against both Nipple and Daniel Musick, 15 -- the evidence was troubling, he said, but not overwhelming -- but found them "in need of treatment, supervision and rehabilitation" on the felony battery charge.

"Whether it's a gang offense or not, it's a violent offense -- very violent offense," Saunders said. "Very serious injuries, and quite frankly, a life-altering event."

The judge gave Musick three years on probation, citing the "callous disregard" for Reese displayed in a video filmed on Musick's cell phone about 10 minutes after the first 911 call. The clip was shown to the court in an earlier hearing and had Nipple and Berten Blockett bragging about having beaten someone up, yelling profanities and touting Apple Valley Posse.

At the end of the clip, a Caucasian hand, presumed to be Musick's, appears in front of the camera flashing a sign.

As a probation condition, Musick must pay restitution, the amount of which will be the subject of an upcoming hearing. He must also perform 150 hours of community service, undergo alcohol and drug testing, attend an anger-management workshop, be evaluated for psychological counseling and pay a $500 fine plus a supervision fee, the judge said.

Saunders noted that when Reese tried to walk away from the belligerent teens, Nipple pulled his bicycle into Reese's path, causing him to stop. He sentenced him to 18 to 24 months in restrictive custody, which means he'll be locked up in a facility of the Department of Juvenile Justice's choosing.

After hearing parents, defense attorneys and a pastor tout Nipple and Musick's good character, Reese, 17, reminded the court that the boys who beat him, accosting him as he made his way to the Peach Orchard Road Save-A-Lot to meet his mother after walking a female friend home from school, left him lying bloody on the asphalt, his jaw shattered.

None of them checked on him or called for an ambulance after they fled, and none of them have ever said they were sorry, Reese noted. Police who interrogated the teens described them as "completely unrepentant," even amused by it.

"It's not the fact that I got hurt, it's that my family had to suffer while I was hurt," said Reese, who has undergone two surgeries and is awaiting a third to reset his jaw.

The judge gave the defendants a chance to apologize Friday, and only Musick turned around, curtly saying that he didn't know the others were going to do that to him and, "I saw the first blow and I ran."

Reese said later that, on the contrary, he recalls gaining consciousness briefly during the beating and seeing Musick still there.

Blockett, 16, and Branndon Manson, 15, have been arraigned in Richmond County Superior Court and are scheduled for trial later this month. If convicted, they each face a sentence of one to 20 years for the aggravated battery charge and five to 15 years for criminal street-gang activity.

The maximum sentence the others could have received in juvenile court would have been five years in state custody.

"I respect the judge's decision," prosecutor Natalie Spires said afterward, "but I am disappointed."

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veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/09/10 - 03:02 pm
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hhmmmm...the judge

hhmmmm...the judge said..."ya'll beat that boy like a dog!"...is it anymore o.k to beat dogs? beat my dog...you'll never see a judge.

same thing if i was the victims father in this case...

3g
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3g 07/09/10 - 03:08 pm
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" ya all beat that boy like a

" ya all beat that boy like a dog " any wonder why our justice system is ineffective can be explained by those who dispense it - I hope this judge had SOMETHING intelligent to say to these juvenilles , would have been better reporting to include some wisdom from this judge instead of a hillbilly quote . From the little info provided , looks like the kids got a just punishment , if the other 2 being tried as adults get sent away to an adult prison , I will be shocked and dissapointed .

GABornAndRaised
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GABornAndRaised 07/09/10 - 03:10 pm
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These kids are punks and

These kids are punks and should have a lot more harsher punishment.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 07/09/10 - 03:15 pm
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Let these young punk boys who

Let these young punk boys who think they are so bad spend a few weeks behind bars with the big boys in real prison and maybe they will change their tune.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/09/10 - 03:40 pm
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Juvenile Court Judge Willie

Juvenile Court Judge Willie Saunders said:

Ya’ll beat that boy like a dog.

No, Judge Saunders, they beat that boy like the human being he is. Beating a dog is bad, but beating a human being is infinitely worse. These sentences are way too light.

Even sadder is Saunders’ poorly conceived notion of his bully pulpit. If he thinks that scolding Musick and Nipple with the whiny, “Ya'll beat that boy like a dog,” will actually register in their twisted brains and cause them to change their ways, then Augusta is doomed to have a young judge of clouded judgement and poor discernment of human nature for many more years. Watch our juvenile crime rates to soar now that the JDs know that slaps on wrists is all Saunders believes in.

keeanzia
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keeanzia 07/09/10 - 03:43 pm
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I agree sueboo418. I would be

I agree sueboo418. I would be soooo mad if this would have happend to someone in my family.

lsmith
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lsmith 07/09/10 - 03:47 pm
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What a joke of a punishment.
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What a joke of a punishment. No wonder these gangs proliferate. Pat'm on the rear and send them back into the "hood"

KatieLou
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KatieLou 07/09/10 - 03:56 pm
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Musick should have gotten

Musick should have gotten jail as well.

ripjones
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ripjones 07/09/10 - 04:04 pm
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Natalie Spires -- You may

Natalie Spires -- You may have to suck up to Judge Saunders -- but I don't, and "we" don't. Willie -- YOU SCREWED UP. They are all gang thugs. If the evidence is "troubling", then that's good enough to convict. And don't kid anyone -- it's Juvie Jail. What joke of a "trial".

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/09/10 - 04:18 pm
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Actually, the preferred

Actually, the preferred spelling is Y’all, instead of reporter Johnny Edwards’ version, Ya’ll. Y’all is a contraction for “you all.”

Junket831
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Junket831 07/09/10 - 05:35 pm
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This is an inappropriate

This is an inappropriate sentence from my perspective. But since I was not present for the trial I defer to the judge. They are clearly a "gang"by their own admission, albeit a young and inexperienced one.

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curly123053 07/09/10 - 05:45 pm
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Judge Willie Saunders is just

Judge Willie Saunders is just another insult to the criminal justice system in this country. Judge Slick Willie is guilty of contempt of justice in this case. Judgeless Saunders is blind if he thinks his little scolding will turn these thugs around. We will see how much longer before one of these juveniles commits their 1st homicide, if the have not yet.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/09/10 - 05:53 pm
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What a joke of a sentence.

What a joke of a sentence. I'd be willing to bet anything all these little losers will be in trouble again very soon.... and get another slap on the wrist. Sickening!!! Has rehab ever worked for other juvenile gangbangers who got slaps on the wrist?? NO, they grow up to be even worse because by getting in a little trouble now they "gots street respek" Pretty bad when its staring you in the face they are little gangbangers and they admit it and flaunt it and excuses still get made for the little trash!! These parents better pray their kids learned their lesson now before some street justice gets them in the end messing with these gangs. These parents can deny it all they want to, but if they really knew what was going on with their kid this would have never happened and their kid wouldnt have been there. It kills me when clueless parents say my kid aint in a gang, my kid didn't do that, even when on video. whatever.... so clueless. Wouldn't doubt the apples dont fall far from the family trees!!

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Brad Owens 07/10/10 - 05:30 am
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This punishment is not enough

This punishment is not enough for the crime. They will never have the scars the victim does from "probation" and a couple of years in the Juvhall.

Where are we going, and how did we get in this handbasket?

dreamchaser
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dreamchaser 07/10/10 - 07:06 am
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Way to go judge, you liberal

Way to go judge, you liberal PO_!

RushLimbuttbubba
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RushLimbuttbubba 07/10/10 - 07:11 am
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Those punks are probably

Those punks are probably bragging to their friends now about how they not only beat the young man, but beat the system as well. "After hearing parents, defense attorneys and a pastor tout( Ross) Nipple and (Daniel)Musick's good character",...What a JOKE!.... touting their good character??!?...a Defense atty....sure these two were his law clerks.....Parents...some will say anything to keep "my baby thugs" from going to jail where "they might be harmed"....a Pastor...there is always one crawling out of the woodwork, probably " passing the plate" and claiming "these are church going boys". My sympathy goes out to the young man that was attacked and his family. All he did was walk down the street. For the "thuggas" I hope the help y'all need to change your evil ways comes....If not and you continue with your evil ways...I hope you as the Pastor might say "Reap what you sow". Let's take back the streets and our families!!!

WW1949
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WW1949 07/10/10 - 07:59 am
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Rest assured they will get

Rest assured they will get theirs soon because they now theink they are "bad" and when they do they will not get any sympathy from me and alot of others.

disssman
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disssman 07/10/10 - 08:17 am
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Takeastand. Actually the

Takeastand. Actually the parents (sperm donors) could have been there and they would have denied it. I was pleased to see the reverends were there to tout the "good character" of the crooks. Yeah that is a church I wouldn't want to be caught near. But in any event, why should we worry, our crime rates are among the lowest in the country, except for traffic offenses which are ruining our neighborhoods, and we don't have a problem with gangs in this county. I am just curious, was this JUDGE elected or appointed?

cleanup
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cleanup 07/10/10 - 08:53 am
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The judge is a joke. I also

The judge is a joke. I also want to know the names of the churches and the pastors, who should be stripped of their titles. Church of the Almighty Thugs? There are a lot of corrupt, mindless preachers in this town.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 07/10/10 - 09:23 am
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We will see these names

We will see these names again...citizens should demand harsher sentences for violent juveniles. No more absolving them whey turn 18. No wonder thugs laugh at our justice system. One need only to remember a few weeks ago when the father burned his own daughter. He should have already been behind bars for life. It's judges like Saunders that allow these thugs to thumb their noses at the rest of us law abiding citizens. Any of these thugs repeat offend, Saunders should be held accountable

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BennyS 07/10/10 - 09:34 am
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Thats why more citizens

Thats why more citizens should arm themselves and shoot punks like this in the street. They will never be any more than thugs and shouldn't be given a chance to do it again.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 07/10/10 - 10:16 am
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Wonder what type of sentence

Wonder what type of sentence the JUDGE would have given these ??????, if it had been HIS son? They probable would not see daylight! The JUDGE is WAY too lienient in this CASE. Anyone that says these are good kids, NEED their HEADS EXAMINED! Kill them before they BREED!

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 07/10/10 - 10:09 am
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LOL...christians crack me up,

LOL...christians crack me up, lets forgive fornicatin, devorcin, and such but thuggary...now I can't remember what verse condemns thuggary, but it should be up there with homosexuality and drinkin...

chascush
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chascush 07/10/10 - 10:57 am
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disssman“ I was pleased to

disssman“ I was pleased to see the reverends were there to tout the "good character" of the crooks. Yeah that is a church I wouldn't want to be caught near.”
You sound surprised.
This is what we get from the government schools and the entitlement programs. The black leaders in the community and the black churches are betraying the black kids. They have been brain washed by people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. They are preaching racism for their own benefit.

disssman
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disssman 07/10/10 - 12:46 pm
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Chascush. I am not

Chascush. I am not surprisedand I won't be surprised when the other two are slapped on their hands and set free. Or maybe not convicted at all and I'll give you 12 guesses as to why? All it takes is a couple of bible spouting racists to do it.

damejacqueline
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damejacqueline 07/10/10 - 01:24 pm
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The Augusta Community should

The Augusta Community should call for the immediately resignation of Willie Saunders. He has shown he is incompetent in this position as a juvenile judge. All those who voted for him, please be sure to vote him out the next time around...that is, if these same low-life juvenile dog-crap jerks don't do him in first...I wonder how Willie Saunders would feel if some booty-holes like these beat up his kids...and Willie does have kids...obviously, he's not thinking about that!

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countyman 07/10/10 - 01:53 pm
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Why does this have to do with

Why does this have to do with race? One of the teenagers was a white male... There are diffrent races of gangs all over america.

Reverie
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Reverie 07/10/10 - 01:55 pm
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So do you think these kids

So do you think these kids were behavior problems in school? Do you think that their expressed moral character is the kind that made teaching and learning successful? Or are the two independent? Who will be the lucky teacher(s) whose job depends upon these boys passing a standardized test? Will these boys care? I know that the teachers better care if they want to keep their jobs. After all, these kids have new state standards to master, they don't have time for jail.

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saltine 07/10/10 - 04:30 pm
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If this had been an

If this had been an animal,the sentence, would have been harsher.

grinder48
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grinder48 07/10/10 - 08:10 pm
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This is unbelieveable and
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This is unbelieveable and ridiculous. Was Saunders elected or appointed? How do we get rid of him? (Seriously, what's the process? He needs to go.)

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