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Augusta teen accused of shooting at Richmond County sheriff's officer to be tried as adult

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 12:51 PM
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An Augusta teen accused of firing five gunshots at a Richmond County sheriff’s officer last December will stand trial as an adult, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Garrett D. Howard III, 16  SPECIAL
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Garrett D. Howard III, 16


Garrett D. Howard III, 16, has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission a crime. He is scheduled to stand trial in Richmond County Superior Court during the two-week trial session that begins Jan. 14.

Richmond County sheriff’s Cpl. Chad Cheek was responding to a call about a suspicious person with a gun the afternoon of Dec. 3, 2011, near the Cherry Tree Crossing housing complex off 15th Street. Cheek reported seeing a man with a handgun and when he turned on his patrol car’s siren, the person fired two shots at the officer, hitting the vehicle. Cheek pursued the gunman, who fired three more shots at the officer, according to the incident report.

Assistant Public Defender Alexia Davis asked Judge Michael Annis to transfer Howard’s case back to juvenile court. Although Howard does have a record of delinquency, Davis argued there were options available in the juvenile justice system that hadn’t been tried with Howard, including commitment to a juvenile facility until he turns 21, effectively a five-year term.

But Assistant District Attorney Sam Nicholson argued Howard had repeated opportunities in juvenile court. Howard’s delinquency hearings were based on findings he committed burglary in 2009; burglary, obstruction of an officer and possession of a weapon at school in 2010; and two counts of theft and possession of illegal drugs in 2011, Nicholson said.

Annis said during Tuesday’s hearing that then-Juvenile Court Judge Willie Saunders was an experienced judge who gave full consideration to the options available in the juvenile justice system, evaluations of Howard’s mental and intellectual maturity, and his history before ruling in January that Howard’s case should be transferred to adult court.

Nicholson quoted part of Saunders’ order that stated the rights of community required this case to be aired in a public court of record.

Howard has been held in juvenile detention since his arrest last year.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/11/12 - 02:23 pm
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Wants to act like a grown up punk

then I agree he should be tired as a grown up punk.

NO To:
any sentence that allows him to serve less than 20 years

I Prefer To See
10 years for each shot he fired.
I consider shooting at any Law Enforcement Officer on duty, to represent nothing less than Attempted murder.

Since he initially fired two gunshots at the officer in a car on patrol,
then fired three more shots at the officer, while being pursed.

I would suggest 50 years, with the last 10 on 24/7 electronically monitored parole. BTW: 10 years should be hard labor.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/11/12 - 02:50 pm
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He should stay in jail until

He should stay in jail until he is too old to care about being a thug.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 12/11/12 - 04:16 pm
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Firing on a Member of Law Enforcement

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Firing on a member of Law Enforcement should be a Capital Offense. If found guilty, he should DIE like an adult. He was HOPING that his case would go back to Juvie Justice --- Nope ! Stupid punk-butt kid.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 12/11/12 - 04:25 pm
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eyes be not do why y'all

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eyes be not do why y'all white fold be pickin owne be him, it's be not do just cause he be black dats all. ya'll don't be not do understan-nin dats slavery caused-did him to be shot-in at dat police man, he was scared-did fo his life of dat policeman cause of racism and slavery....this is nothing more than a murderer waiting to hatch, i hope the judge sentences him to so much time that when he is released he is old and broken down or wheeled out feet first whichever comes first. if he is let out within the next 30 years his efforts to kill will be successfull, lock this piece of crap up and throw away the key. let his momma got to citi trends for new outfits to visit him in jail....too bad the deputy couldn't do all of us a favor and a "double-tap" center mass....better a pauper's funeral than allowing him on the street or feeding and clothing him for the next 40 years

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 12/11/12 - 04:46 pm
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What if he has mental issues?

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What if he has mental issues?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/11/12 - 06:45 pm
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Being a Tea Party member,

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I can see this "gentleman" voting conservatively. I'm sure he learned his law and order practices from his conservative fellows from "da hood".

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/11/12 - 06:47 pm
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Then it shows

Gun control only keeps citizens from having a gun.
An any stupid 16 y/o gang banging punk with mental problem can get one to break the law.

grouse
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grouse 12/11/12 - 07:17 pm
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A 16-year-old is not an

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A 16-year-old is not an adult.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/11/12 - 07:50 pm
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"What if he has mental

"What if he has mental issues?"

So what? Doesn't matter. If he is dangerous...lock him up. You can't fix stupid and you can't just let it run the streets and shoot at people.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/11/12 - 08:41 pm
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What if he has mental issues?

I will echo dichotomy, and also repeat my original post: He should be locked up until it is obvious he is no longer a threat to civil society. Whether that be in a mental institution or jail, I don't care.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/11/12 - 08:43 pm
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A 16-year-old is not an adult.

But fully old enough to understand responsibility and consequences for your actions.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/12/12 - 01:27 am
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If you shoot at an officer

I don't care how old you are you should be tried as an adult.
A 16 year old who commits this type of crime has no chance of rehabilitation.
Life sentence if convicted!

specsta
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specsta 12/12/12 - 03:01 am
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Juveniles Are Not Adults

Sorry, but you can't have it both ways. And I realize a lot of you aren't going to like what I'm about to say.

Either all persons under 18 years of age are treated as juveniles, or we treat them as adults - including giving them the right to drink, buy cigarettes, vote, watch porn, not go to school, etc.

The act of committing a crime doesn't suddenly input the knowledge, maturity and reasoning of an adult into their juvenile brain. They do not understand choices and consequences nor do they understand that they are not invincible. Their brains are not wired to make mature decisions. They do not separate fantasy from reality.

There should not be pick-and-choose in the justice system. Either treat them all of them as juveniles or none of them as juveniles.

If a juvenile willingly engaged in a sex act with a teacher, the student would certainly be defined as a victim - because they did not have the maturity to offer consent under the law. How is it then, that if that same juvenile willingly uses a weapon against another person, all of a sudden they have the maturity and knowledge of an adult, and should be held accountable as such?

Treating juveniles as adults makes no sense. It is an inequality of the justice system, and serves to destroy young lives that could have made a turn-around.

You may commence with the pitchforks and torches.

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CobaltGeorge 12/12/12 - 07:31 am
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Yes specsta

"Treating juveniles as adults makes no sense. It is an inequality of the justice system, and serves to destroy young lives that could have made a turn-around."

I Agree. Lets wait till they are 18 and they kill someone. That way their immature mind will be fully devolope.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/12/12 - 09:08 am
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A 16-year-old is not an adult.

So 5 shots at a LEO mean less because he was only 16?

Dead is Dead

According to many Sociologists and Psychologists, once a person reaches 12, that person has been deeply imprinted with what they will be in their dealing with others for their life.

This is a 16 year old Attempted Murderer.
When he picked up a firearm it showed his intend.

For @$#% and Giggles lets say the 1st time he fired
at the Patrol car was a moment of panic and fear.

But when he fired on a Law Enforcement Officer from a 2nd location
3 more times he clearly had time to think of his aim.

There should be no legitimate argument that the 2nd time was anything but 3 premeditated attempts at Murder.

Maybe he thought he'd make a rep popping a LEO.
Maybe he figured a he'd get YDC, so he can be back out in 5 years (21).

One thing for sure, he figured a lot of things wrong.
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Understand the pressures Cherry Tree places on LEO's patrolling the area. Getting shot at is one of them. Returning fire in a manner as not to kill or wound an innocence bystander is another. So a LEO has to worry about others before protecting themselves.

Lets say the LEO returned fire in a rightful shoot and killed the punk, what could we expect?

We have seen it before and in Cherry Tree.
Weeks of visits from the Race Baiters looking for a TV camera for little more reason than to promote their wallets.

Here is an example of what Cherry Tree is like for a RCSO.
Burn this into your mind.

December, 2008 2 years earlier.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKjEdOy5BkM

Then read about this persons criminal History that started when he was 10.
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/36342944.html

In this other Cherry Tree case the PUNK's criminal history started when him, his sister Lawanda Ward and two others murdered Nicole Hawes in a drive-by shooting at Underwood Homes ---> he was 10.

SO age has little to do now a days, with the ability to commit or attempt murder.

But how we sentence them, in order to protect the future community does.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/12/12 - 09:27 am
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OpenCurtain

Well written, One "Best of the Best."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/12/12 - 09:30 am
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Ok....how about this. Try

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Ok....how about this. Try him as a child, and sentence him based on the crime he committed. Same result....he rots in jail.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 12/12/12 - 10:09 am
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The Total Package

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Before they decided to try this stupid punk as an adult, they looked at his past. He has a long list, including burglary and other weapons charges. Sorry Specta, THIS piece of excrement should be tried as an adult, based upon the current charge, and his crime-filled past. He is not going to "turn around". I really don't want him competeing for oxygen, based upon him blatantly firing on a deputy --- TWICE.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/12/12 - 10:36 am
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Full Reward

should be given for the choice and actions of this teen and others like him..........

BUT

Something is missing and not being considered or debated.

I'm a firm believer that from the time a sperm eat it's way into an egg and a human emerges out of the hole, it did not contain the gray matter to perform or act in the way they do. Somewheres in their short life span, something, event or some people should also be held responsible that caused this teen, others like him to have the outlook on life causing their self destuction.

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Freddie Jacks 12/12/12 - 11:22 am
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The hypocrisy here is astouding!

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I've been a long time lurker on The Chronicle and I can recall within the last couple of years we've had some student/teacher incidents and the comments on the articles, even when the teens in question ADMITTED it was CONSENSUAL, were all along the lines of "The pooooooor kid. She's been so abused. Throw the book at the adult".

My my, what a 360 we've done.

You people can't have it both ways.

Freddie Jacks
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Freddie Jacks 12/12/12 - 11:24 am
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By the way none of you can

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By the way none of you can claim the title of "Christian" anymore. Jesus was all about peace and love and none of the of overwhelming hypocrisy I see here. Let me guess you all hate homosexuals as well but then claim to "hate the sin and lover the sinner" right?

If I were Jesus I would be beyond embarrassed to have people like you utter my name.

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HenryWalker3rd 12/12/12 - 12:07 pm
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Now you guys know why the

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Now you guys know why the justice system picks and chooses...

Nonetheless, this nut has mental issues, always has. I pray he gets the help he needs. A life in jail is not the answer.

Society is SOOOOOO quck to lock up young black males.

Shaft! Can you dig it?!

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Humble Angela 12/12/12 - 01:38 pm
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henrywalker...they wouldn't

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henrywalker...they wouldn't lock up this young black male if he didn't shoot someone. His race has NOTHING to do with it. sheesh.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/12/12 - 02:12 pm
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People are soooooo quick to

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People are soooooo quick to play the race card.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 12/12/12 - 04:00 pm
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You know what, ur right....

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Yea, your right Angela, my comment HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH the article...young black men always receive the good end of the justice system's stick. Always have, throughout history, and always will....

Race card....do you even know what a "race card" is? Hell, what is a "race card"?

Sheesh!

You guys want to lock this CHILD up for the rest of his life.....I wonder what the root cause is....or is it easier to just lock him up.

Do you know this guy? Do you know anything about his history? Probably not...thanks for trying though.

specsta
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specsta 12/12/12 - 06:16 pm
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Injustice

@HumbleAngela -

Unfortunately, minorities have been dealt entire generations of a "race card" - one that has resulted in unjust executions, lynchings, torture and other atrocities committed against people of color in the name of "justice".

Perhaps you should do some reading up on Emmit Till, Louis Allen, the Scottsboro boys, or reference any of the 3500 lynchings that occurred in America between 1882 and 1968 at the hands of white mobs. Maybe a little research will prove to you that this country has a systemic flaw in justice for blacks and other minorities.

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Patty-P 12/12/12 - 06:35 pm
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Race matters NOT. Age,

Race matters NOT. Age, maybe...but the legal system must still render justice and maintain that this person is not a threat to himself or others. If you kill or attempt to kill someone you deserve life in prison at a minimum.

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HenryWalker3rd 12/13/12 - 05:16 am
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Patty does that apply to the

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Patty does that apply to the factories supplying sugar loaded "food" to the masses?

Does that include the media?

Does that include the cig and spirit companies too?

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 12/13/12 - 05:19 am
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Spec. Your comment will be

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Humble Angela 12/13/12 - 08:24 am
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Just because a group has been

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Just because a group has been dealt a bad hand in the past does NOT mean they can use that claim to justify EVERYTHING that happens to them...THAT is called playing the race card. Do the Jews blame Hitler for everything bad that happens to them?

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