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Former guard at juvenile detention centers pleads guilty to drug charge

Monday, May 5, 2014 5:46 PM
Last updated Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:45 AM
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A former Richmond County Youth Detention Center employee pleaded guilty Monday to having marijuana packaged for resale in his car at the juvenile facility.

Shawn Tice, 24, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Assistant District Attorney Melissa Marks told the judge Tice had 45.8 grams of marijuana split among 10 baggies, a 9 mm handgun and scale on Sept. 3, 2011. The items were discovered during a random check for contraband at the center.

Because of Tice’s help with the investigation of numerous problems at the center, which led to the firing and resignation of directors and many staff members, the prosecutor recommended probation.

Judge J. David Roper accepted the plea agreement because of Tice’s cooperation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe.

Roper sentenced Tice to five years’ probation under the First Offender Act. Tice, who had worked as a correction officer at the detention center, must perform 100 hours of community service as a condition of probation.

After the November 2011 beating death of 17-year-old Jade Holder at the detention center, the director and 10 other employees were fired.

Trouble at the center continued, however, and in October 2012, five juveniles escaped from the center, stole a car and led police on a chase until the youth driving the vehicle lost control and crashed.

In December 2012, another juvenile was nearly killed when he was attacked by another inmate. At the time of the assault, a news release from the center described the assault as a minor incident. The victim was reportedly choked unconscious and then kicked and stomped.

The GBI has completed its investigation of the juvenile facility. District Attorney Ashley Wright is reviewing the case file.

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corgimom
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corgimom 05/06/14 - 10:04 am
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How DUMB can you be to bring

How DUMB can you be to bring drugs, a scale, and a gun to YDC property?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/06/14 - 10:25 am
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He gets off Scott free once

He gets off Scott free once his sentence is served. No record at all. Like it never happened. I should have become a cop. You can screw up as much as you want and the system won't hold you accountable.

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AutumnLeaves 05/06/14 - 11:35 am
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Not dumb, apparently he (or

Not dumb, apparently he (or she, never figured out if this is a guy or a gal), felt secure enough to do it for some reason.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/06/14 - 12:43 pm
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shamrock
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shamrock 05/06/14 - 02:59 pm
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Dumb Move But Lucky

He made a dumb move but was lucky that his cooperation helped him avoid some serious jail time.

gadawgs
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gadawgs 05/06/14 - 05:28 pm
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The boy made a mistake. None

The boy made a mistake. None of you know the full story behind what happened but I do, I'm his sister. Yes, he was in the wrong but he never sold to any of the juveniles in the facility. He sold to a few people that he knew personally. He doesn't even smoke cigarettes let alone marijuana. There was no random check at the facility. They received two calls that he had marijuana on the property. This incident happened back in September 2011. He went to court numerous times and was almost threw in jail every time. He did not get off "free" he has a fine, community service, and 5 years of probation. It was his first time getting in trouble period. He has his right to the first offender's act.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 05/06/14 - 10:02 pm
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Gadawgs, you are his sister?

Gadawgs, you are his sister? Here is Adolf Hitler: ya I killed 6 million Jews, but come on, give me a break. I didn't kill 7 million. Hey little sister what about this? Those guys he kicked in the nuts and slammed their heads on his cop car? Do they get their records expunged??? Pleas answer...

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 05/07/14 - 10:48 am
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GiantsAllDay, if you're

GiantsAllDay, if you're alleging Shawn Tice was abusive to those men, do you have proof of it? BTW, keep an eye on those people doing public service in public places. A corrupt vice cop, now in prison, used to use community service probationers to sell confiscated drugs and it wasn't for undercover reasons apparently. I believe very little about what I read and even less of what I see, just hoping the justice system got it right this time. Things are so often not what they seem to be.

gadawgs
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gadawgs 05/07/14 - 04:31 pm
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GiantsAllDay

Honestly I don't know what you're even trying to say. How are you gonna compare him to Hitler? He didn't kill anybody. I don't understand how you can be so judgemental and so aggressive about somethin that you don't really know anything about. I'm sure you've made mistakes and broke law before. You're not a perfect angel so stop criticizing somebody you don't even know. He has a 2 year old son. Think about that for minute. That baby would have to go years without a daddy all because a stupid mistake. He didn't harm anybody. It was only marijuana. Not any hard drugs. Like I said you only know what the media says not the whole situation. Do you even know how many people get off easy that do a hell of a lot worse crimes?

gadawgs
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gadawgs 05/07/14 - 04:48 pm
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Btw he wasn't a police

Btw he wasn't a police officer. He was just a YDC officer. He didn't have a cop car and he couldn't arrest anybody.

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