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Men get prison for beating inmates

MACON, GA. — A former Wilcox County sheriff, his son and several other people were sentenced to prison Wednesday for beating jail inmates – one of whom had to have his jaw wired shut because of his injuries – and conspiring to cover up the assault.

Former Sheriff Stacy Bloodsworth was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting inmates in the county jail. His son, Austin, former drug task force agent, Timothy King Jr. and former inmate trustee Willie Caruthers were also sentenced for their involvement in the assaults and cover-up, according to Department of Justice officials.

Caruthers pleaded guilty to assaulting the inmates and conspiring to cover up the beating. Austin Bloodsworth and King each pleaded guilty to conspiring to cover up the assault and former jailer Casey Owens pleaded guilty to misprision. Austin Bloodsworth and Caruthers were each sentenced to 18 months in prison. King was sentenced to six months in prison, and Owens was sentenced to probation.

Stacy Bloodsworth pleaded guilty to ordering three inmates out of their cells July 23, 2009, because one of them had a cellphone in violation of jail policy. He hit the inmates and watched as others joined in hitting and kicking the inmates, according to the Department of Justice.

Authorities say Bloodsworth used a wrench to try repairing an inmate’s broken jaw. A week later, the man was taken to a local hospital to have his jaw wired shut. Other inmates suffered cuts and bruises.

Businessman held in bomb threats

MARIETTA, GA. — A Cobb County businessman who operates a restaurant on the Marietta Square in suburban Atlanta has been arrested for charges linked to bomb threats at courthouses Tuesday.

Authorities say 45-year-old Jody John Wilson, of Woodstock, called in bomb threats that led to workers being evacuated from the Cobb and Cherokee county courthouses. Wilson has owned and operated the Starlight Cafe on the Marietta Square with his wife for the past two years.

Police have not disclosed an official motive, but say Wilson’s home in Woodstock – about 30 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta – was in foreclosure and was scheduled to be sold on the courthouse steps the day the bomb threats were called in.

The bomb threat was called in from a pay phone at a gas station less than a mile from the restaurant, Cobb County Sheriff’s Col. Milton Beck said. Surveillance footage showed Wilson in the area of the gas station around the time the call was placed.

He faces charges of making terroristic threats and giving false statements.

Ex-base employees admit to kickbacks

ALBANY, GA. —Two former military base employees in Albany pleaded guilty Wednesday to receiving bribes in a scheme that prosecutors say cost the federal government millions of dollars.

Mitchell D. Potts, 48, and Jeffrey S. Philpot, 35, both of Sylvester, were accused of participating in a scheme to funnel freight hauling business from the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany to a local transportation company, federal prosecutors said.

Potts was the traffic office supervisor for the Defense Logistics Agency at the base, and Philpot was the lead transportation assistant in the traffic office. The pair helped the owner of several local commercial trucking companies secure business from the agency in exchange for cash and other items of value, prosecutors said.


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