Mother, son accept plea deal in beating

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A mother and son accused of a brutal assault on an 82-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges.

The plea deal was reached after last month's mistrial of Mary J. Deloatch and Troy W. Deloatch. A Richmond County Superior Court jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Assistant District Attorney Brooks Hudson said he offered the reduction in charges because of the difficulty in prosecuting the two.

Though the victim was able to identify Ms. Deloatch initially, he was unable last month to identify either Ms. Deloatch or Mr. Deloatch in court.

William Palmer was attacked in his home with a baseball bat and an iron tool, he testified. Bones in his face were broken, as was an arm. He also suffered brain and internal injuries.

Mr. Palmer testified that a fellow church member asked him to take in Ms. Deloatch when she was homeless, which he did for a time. When he later asked her to move out, she threatened to return with her son, he said.

Ms. Deloatch, 65, and Mr. Deloatch, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary. Mr. Deloatch also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. The two were indicted on charges of robbery, aggravated battery and kidnapping.

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet accepted the plea deal's sentencing recommendation.

Ms. Deloatch was sentenced to five years' probation and fined $1,000. Mr. Deloatch was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years on probation. Both will get credit for the time they have spent in jail awaiting trial since last fall.

Mr. Deloatch previously served 12 years in prison for a 1995 robbery.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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shamrock
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shamrock 05/13/09 - 05:29 am
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Beating an 82 year old man in

Beating an 82 year old man in such a brutal manner and that is all they got?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/13/09 - 05:29 am
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If this is the response by

If this is the response by the courts of such a savage beating and robbery of an 82 year old man that opened his home to this horrible woman, why even bother? These creatures need to be removed.(so does Overstreet)

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/13/09 - 06:18 am
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Of course the man couldn't

Of course the man couldn't identify them in court, he is 82t years old and suffered brain injuries. They both got off way to easy....

CKB
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CKB 05/13/09 - 06:36 am
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Plea deals in cases such as

Plea deals in cases such as this should not be allowed. This man had no chance to lower his beating! And I agree with patriciathomas- there are some people who should be removed- but I don't see that happening here.

georgiastoryteller
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georgiastoryteller 05/13/09 - 06:49 am
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what a sad day when selfish

what a sad day when selfish individuals can do this to an elderly person and get PROBATION? I knew Overstreet had been slacking lately but this is RIDICULOUS. Maybe the Deloatches should watch their backs on the street. Perhaps this elderly man has some tough family members!

georgiastoryteller
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georgiastoryteller 05/13/09 - 06:50 am
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what a sad day when selfish

what a sad day when selfish individuals can do this to an elderly person and get PROBATION? I knew Overstreet had been slacking lately but this is RIDICULOUS. Maybe the Deloatches should watch their backs on the street. Perhaps this elderly man has some tough family members!

tdp
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tdp 05/13/09 - 07:04 am
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This is outrageous. They

This is outrageous. They both should have gotten jail time. I've said it before & I'll say it again. NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED! Nice people never learn.

christian134
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christian134 05/13/09 - 07:07 am
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Oh goody...Now thanks to the

Oh goody...Now thanks to the absolute ignorance of the Prosecutors and Judges these scum will now kill someone maybe older...

ripjones
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ripjones 05/13/09 - 07:24 am
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Both defendants are worthless

Both defendants are worthless pieces of excrement. I agree, both should've received JAIL TIME, and a bunch of it. I hope that the jail officials let the jail population know what Troy did -- he deserves a little "prison justice" for good measure. The plea deal may have been to only way to get any kind of conviction.

curly123053
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curly123053 05/13/09 - 08:01 am
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You can thank this lack of

You can thank this lack of injustice on the ACLU (American Communist Liberterian Union). There is no doubt they committed this crime but the American Communist Liberterian Union has made getting proper convictions difficult.

emanuelgeech
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emanuelgeech 05/13/09 - 08:51 am
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Judge Overstreet is obviously

Judge Overstreet is obviously suffering from dementia. Maybe he should let those two move in with him, they all deserve each other. What will it take to remove this imbecile from the bench? The people of Richmond County should be irate and outspoken until something is done to send Overstreet under the street.

getalife
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getalife 05/13/09 - 09:35 am
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The justice system is broken

The justice system is broken and Judge Overstreet should step down as he is turning out violent criminals to go out and commit the same or worse crimes.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 05/13/09 - 09:39 am
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Just another example of what

Just another example of what the next four years will be like under Obama.

Tots
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Tots 05/13/09 - 09:41 am
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Kristinaj907 at 7:50-Thats

Kristinaj907 at 7:50-Thats how I feel.The paper should post their pictures.Yes they both should have gotton jail time.Are they even going to have to pay the man for his injuries?

DMac_357
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DMac_357 05/13/09 - 10:22 am
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Many of you are fogetting the

Many of you are fogetting the article that you just read. The trial ended in a mistrial. The victim couldn't identify either defendant in court making a prosecution almost impossible. The prosecutor understood this and tried to get some type of conviction. He could've gone back to trial, spent more money, and there was the possibility that the defendants would be acquitted. I don't like the sentence myself but under the circumstances, better something than nothing. TMITM - what has this to do with Obama?? You are stupid!!

jack
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jack 05/13/09 - 10:35 am
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How reasonable is it to

How reasonable is it to expect a 62 year old man who suffered brain injuries to identify himself, let alone the two perps that beat him? Both should have recieved jail time- she was the instigator after being taken in by the man. Overstreet must be getting senile and soft.

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Frank I 05/13/09 - 10:51 am
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and the son will be out in

and the son will be out in less than two years since Richmond County plays the 2 for 1 deal on jail time..

jsherrill
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jsherrill 05/13/09 - 11:11 am
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The Deloache pair will mess

The Deloache pair will mess up again. Perhaps next time the intended victim will be armed and handle justice in self defense. Me Deloach is in for a second time he will be back.

Ode
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Ode 05/13/09 - 11:18 am
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Moral of the story: Do not

Moral of the story: Do not help the trifling, lazy, homeless, criminals, deadbeats of society, buy a gun, get a concealed weapon permit, and take back America one thug at a time. The strong and productive will thrive and flourish. The weak and parasitic need to be eradicated from society for a stronger country to emerge.

g-dog express
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g-dog express 05/13/09 - 11:31 am
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Where is justus4 comments?

Where is justus4 comments? Doesn't he have something stupid and radical to say when the Criminal Justice System truly fails?

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 05/13/09 - 11:37 am
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I actually thought it was Reb

I actually thought it was Reb Sears and her son that accepted a plea deal in the beating death of their neighbor a couple of months ago.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 05/13/09 - 11:39 am
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The problem was that I only

The problem was that I only read the headline and not the story. :(

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 05/13/09 - 11:59 am
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Thank you DMAC 357 for an

Thank you DMAC 357 for an assessment of me that you are obviously unqualified to give. Both parties should have received jail time for such a heinous crime. Not to take this 82 year old man's current condition into consideration is the real injustice here. The fact that this man's mental state had deteriorated because of the beatings he suffered should have played a major part in this trial. All this does is tell a criminal if you beat someone senseless, and they can't identify you, then you will get away with it. This is one if those senseless crimes that only a bleeding heart liberal like yourself(DMac357) could justify with " well at least they got something." Maybe somebody should beat Ms. Deloatch with a tire iron. As for her son, he should be beat twice. And furthermore, if you think I am stupid in my assessment of Obama, Just wait a year or so, when everyone has to pay taxes on the part of their health insurance their employer pays, and then tell me how much you love those taxes, and then maybe you will see what stupid really is. If it wasn't for bleeding heart liberals that now feel empowered, maybe these two would have got what they deserved.

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SusieQ 05/13/09 - 01:13 pm
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Some people are beyond

Some people are beyond helping. This senior citizen takes in this homeless woman and this is the thanks he gets. I feel the person that talked him into taking this woman into his home holds part of the guilt for what happened. SusieQ

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 05/13/09 - 03:37 pm
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Susie, I'm sure the fellow

Susie, I'm sure the fellow church goer is the only one feeling ANY guilt over this travesty of justice. She walks, Troy gets 2 1/2. That is rediculous. AND he's a repeat offender.

happythoughts
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happythoughts 05/13/09 - 05:15 pm
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Don't let strangers move in.

Don't let strangers move in. Don't hire strangers to work in your yard. They are riff-raff. They want more than you are willing to give and they might try to kill you.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 05/13/09 - 05:47 pm
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I am able to defend myself

I am able to defend myself against riff raff. I'm well armed ALL the time. I can read most people quite well. (20 in LE). I won't hesitate to help, but won't hesitate to pull the plug (or pop the cap). I've done so on more than one occassion (pull the plug). I know what ya'll were thinking, LMAO.

gdaddy
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gdaddy 05/14/09 - 09:07 am
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Maybe someone should beat

Maybe someone should beat Overstreet, then let him see if they get probation

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