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Probation violator hits last chance

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 3:22 PM
Last updated Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 12:13 AM
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An Augusta man who repeatedly violated the terms of his probation sentence – most recently when he was accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home and attacking her son – is headed back to prison.

Theodore Thurmond, 50, had eight years and six months left on a probation sentence he began in 2011. An earlier probation violation resulted in a two-month stay in one of the state’s detention centers.

The day he was released, Dec. 13, is when he allegedly kicked in the back door of a home and went after the woman and young man he professed Friday to care deeply about.

Judge Daniel J. Craig, who inherited Thurmond’s 2001 statutory rape case in Richmond County Superior Court, revoked Thurmond’s probation sentence.

Thurmond pleaded guilty to statutory rape on Feb. 1, 2002, for having sex with and impregnating a 15-year-old girl. He served nearly all of his 10-year prison term before beginning the probation part of his sentence.

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itsanotherday1 01/31/14 - 10:20 pm
Lock him up for good.

I would not be opposed to leniency for first offenders, considering many have no "upbringing" and know no better. That leniency would come in the form of a long probationary period in lieu of jail time; say 5 years probation in exchange for every 1 year of jail that would normally be served.
But screw up the second time and you go to jail for the remainder of the probation plus the time for the second offense. That gets the habitual criminal off the street and allows the person who learned from their mistake a chance to participate in society.

d1zmljqg 02/01/14 - 07:58 am
Put him back in immediately

"Stupid is as stupid does."

He has a new offense plus 8.5 years outstanding. Go straight to jail, no "out on bail," etc. There are plenty more punks, thugs, felons, etc. where judicial time can (and needs to) be spent.

sugarbutton 02/01/14 - 05:17 pm
Got one in my little town

Got one in my little town that no matter what Judge she goes under, she never gets any real time and they just keep letting her off completely or give her probation....big deal.....she's been locked up so many times. Long story.....just saying....Judges need to get harder.

rmwhitley 02/01/14 - 05:55 pm

how much welfare and food stamps he has collected since his release?

jimmymac 02/02/14 - 12:44 pm

The judges are the main reason crime rates are so high. They listen to the lies the perps give them about being sorry for their crime and they slap them on the wrist. Throw out the judges and get new ones. A judgeship shouldn't be a lifetime job.

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