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Man gets probation for threatening good Samaritan

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A man accused of threatening a good Samaritan who was trying to protect a pregnant woman from violence pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge and apologized.

Judge Michael N. Annis accepted a plea negotiation in Richmond County Super­ior Court that reduced a charge of aggravated assault to terroristic threats and sentenced Jumaane R. Middleton, 33, to five years of probation.

David Lee Walker told the judge he was on his way home from Bible study the evening of July 18, 2012, when he saw a man abusing a woman in a parked car.

Walker said he stopped his vehicle and called 911, talking loudly so the assailant would hear him. The man stopped hitting the woman and came toward him, Walker said.

“ ‘I will hit you in the mouth. I will shoot you and kill you,’  ” he quoted the man as saying.

“I thought I was going to die that night,” Walker said.

He said he thought the gun the man had might go off accidentally. Middleton, his wife and his mother said Middleton did not have a gun.
Joshua Smith, of the public defender’s office, told the judge that both Middleton and his wife said that although they were in a heated argument, there was no physical violence.

With conflicting statements from the witnesses, the reduced plea seemed an appropriate resolution, Assistant District Attorney Justin Jones said.

Annis praised Walker’s actions, saying if more people would take an active stand maybe there wouldn’t be so much violence and death.

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nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 08/01/13 - 07:50 pm
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Now if we could only get
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Now if we could only get these lame nit-witted judges to be like Mr. Walker and pass out harsh sentences then maybe there really wouldn't be so much violence and death. Judge Annis, you're a fool.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/13 - 08:19 pm
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I tend to believe the good Samaritan's version.

Surely RCSO documented the Females abuse, any marks and noted them when they arrested her Husband. Right?

I have to Ask

Why was he booked with the following charges
http://www.mugshotsworld.com/JUMAANE-RASHAD-MIDDLETON
08/12/2012

TERRORISTIC THREATS AND ACTS
POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELONS
POINTING OR AIMING A FIREARM attempted ANOTHER

Same here also.
http://augustacrime.com/jumaane-middleton/

Or how about these 3 previous convictions:
http://www.justmugshots.com/texas/lancaster/675405\

NOTE: It is noted he is previously CONVICTED FELON?
So why isn't he serving time now for having a Firearm?

Pops
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Pops 08/01/13 - 08:24 pm
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Because he said he was sorry

He gets a "do-over".

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/13 - 08:28 pm
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Thanks Pops I forgot about

the new Do Over and Multi-Chance rules for convict felons.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/01/13 - 08:32 pm
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Did Judge Annis

... give him his gun back?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/01/13 - 08:35 pm
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"Annis praised Walker’s actions

... if more people would take an active stand ...there wouldn’t be so much violence and death."

Yeah, letting convicted felons walk laughing out court is one great way to cut down on violence and death. When, and not if, this thug is arrested for some act of violence or murder, that's on Annis.

brightside0711
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brightside0711 08/01/13 - 09:26 pm
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No good deed goes unpunished
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Now, Walker has to look over his shoulder for this clown. Probation. Pitiful.

The best police initiatives and crime fighting tactics don't have a prayer of changing Augusta when the courts don't do their job.

Lkn4Ans
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Lkn4Ans 08/01/13 - 10:11 pm
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And not only...

is "some act of violence or murder" from this thug going to be on Annis, so is the fact that Good Samaritans will be LESS likely to "take an active stand" regarding these incidences. Why should they put their lives in jeopardy to help someone when judges just set them free - to potentially look up them up and retaliate? Smh.

I'm hoping this perp's wife wakes up. While I'm betting she lied/covered up/went along with him due to his intimidation/threats and/or to save herself further abuse, she is bringing an innocent child into this deplorable situation to think about.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/01/13 - 11:32 pm
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In Augusta,

the prosecutors are busy trying cases against victims to keep the cops from being sued- like the guy arrested for resisting being tasered in his car by a clown about a half-step up from a rent-a-cop.

Corrupt. Though Shakespeare was being hyperbolic, he was right, "First, kill all the lawyers!"

Look at the Supreme Court; only a lawyer could misinterpret the plain language of the US Constitution so badly.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/02/13 - 12:06 am
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Judge Annis is a friend of

Judge Annis is a friend of mine. I am disappointed in him if this story is factual. No way a crime involving a gun should get any kind of pass. It should be a mandatory sentence. THAT is the best solution for gun control.

On second thought, the judge has little say in plea agreements; he sentences based on what they plea to. Maybe my anger should be directed at the DA's office?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/02/13 - 05:31 am
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Take An Active Stand

I liked this statement from Judge Annis: "Annis praised Walker’s actions, saying if more people would take an active stand maybe there wouldn’t be so much violence and death."

It reminds me of a man in Florida who took an active stand. Of course liberals don't want law abiding citizens to get involved.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/02/13 - 07:47 am
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"...the judge has little say in plea agreements:

... he sentences based on what they plea to..."

He has a great deal more than you say: He can reject them out of hand if they do not serve the interests of justice. Anyone (other than that incestuous clique of downtown lawyers) think justice was done?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/02/13 - 08:03 am
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BTW: Whatever became of:

Major Taser at MCG?

The PD with a Ring Fetish?

The ADA that had a "friends" weapon stolen out of his Courthouse inside parked vehicle?

The 2 arrested for the Baseball Bat beatings?

The 1st Friday Shooters and Gang members from a year ago?

Or, the RC-PO that was wounded and the reason for the shooting to begin with?

The AC could even start a column called:
Following Up The Story.

zippy
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zippy 08/02/13 - 08:07 am
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maybe not perfect justice but some justice

the story said there were conflicting statements from the witnesses. even the woman being assaulted said there was no gun. if the prosecutor chose to go to trial and the jury decided to go with the woman's version, it is very possible we are looking at a not guilty verdict. then you really have the defendant walking out of court with no justice. at least we now have a conviction with supervised probation. plus the judge made his decision to accept the plea negotiation based on the da recommendation. and I assure you the da knows more about the cade than the judge

unbiased_propaganda
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unbiased_propaganda 08/02/13 - 08:21 am
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nocnoc -

The '3 previous convictions' that you found from Texas isn't the same guy. But I agree, if he didn't have a gun, why was a convicted felon charged with having a gun?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/02/13 - 09:47 am
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"...why was a convicted felon

... charged with having a gun?"

It's the primary reason gun laws don't work against criminals; it's always the first charge bargained away.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/02/13 - 11:55 am
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Wonder if Vic Hawks would run

Wonder if Vic Hawks would run for the DA's office next election. We have been woefully underserved by the current DA and staff.

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