Long-time criminal headed back to prison

Norman Eugene Parker was sentenced to 12 years.

An Augusta man whose criminal history includes 56 arrests received the maximum sentence possible Wednesday.

The only reason the 12-year sentence wasn’t longer, the judge told Norman Eugene Parker, was that he couldn’t legally do so.

Parker, 55, asked the judge for leniency. He had recently reconnected with his children and discovered he is a grandfather. Parker said one grandson was starting to get into trouble and he wanted to use his own experience with the criminal justice system to convince the child to choose a different path.

“You have lied your entire adult life,” Judge J. Wade Padgett said. “You stole from people just trying to get through the day.”

To suggest Parker could steer anyone any place other than a jail cell is ludicrous, Padgett said.

Earlier this month in Rich­mond County Superior Court, a jury convicted Parker of entering a vehicle with the intent to commit a crime and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, crimes committed April 21.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Land had filed notice on Parker that if he insisted on a trial and was convicted, he would face the maximum sentence possible for each crime and would serve any incarceration without the possibility of parole – two conditions possible because Parker had previously been convicted of at least three felonies.

Parker, who has more than a dozen aliases, has been arrested 56 times since 1981 and had 13 previous felony convictions, Land said. Parker still had six years on probation for two of his most recent convictions before April.

Padgett revoked Parker’s six-year probation sentence, converting it to a prison sentence. He also ordered that prison sentence to run consecutively to the six years incarceration for Parker’s most recent crimes.

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