Moultrie Observer

Local News

February 28, 2012

Long prison sentences in federal drug case

MOULTRIE — Two Moultrie men who were among five arrested in August 2011 by federal authorities were sentenced Monday to lengthy prison terms on drug charges.

James Corshoray Willis, 35, and Peter Thornton, 39, entered guilty pleas in December and were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Hugh Lawson this week, United States Attorney Michael J. Moore’s office announced Tuesday.

Lawson sentenced Thornton to a 188-month sentence, on his admission to responsible for 109 grams of crack cocaine and 337 grams of the powder form of the drug. He also admitted to selling cocaine on multiple occasions to a confidential informant.

Thornton was categorized as a career offender based on convictions in Colquitt County on a 1990 sale of cocaine and a later conviction for kidnapping.

Thornton also had served prison sentences on convictions for theft by taking and criminal damage, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Thornton originally was indicted on six counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Willis received an 80-month sentence after admitting in his plea agreement that he sold cocaine to a confidential informant on multiple occasions. He also said in the statement he was responsible to at least 500 grams of cocaine.

The federal sentence is consecutive to sentences he received for violation of parole in connection with a Henry County Superior Court case for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and a Colquitt County case for possession of ecstasy.

Willis served nearly five years on the Henry County conviction.

The Observer learned of the men’s arrests in early August 2011, but federal officials did not confirm those arrests for about three weeks, when they made a court appearance in Albany.

He originally was indicted on three counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of distribution of crack cocaine.

The three men also arrested at that time -- Demetrius Davis, Corey Horne and Adrian Whitaker -- also have entered pleas in the case but have not yet been sentenced, Cmdr. Steve Exum of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team said Tuesday.

Exum said the agency will give details today about the five-year operation that resulted in those convictions.

Text Only
Local News
  • County hires Cannon

    April 22, 2014

  • Woman: Man retaliated over drug issue

    April 22, 2014

  • Your Agenda 4/23

    April 22, 2014

  • 0422 Chambliss7.jpg 4-H honors Chambliss as Champion of Kids

    The National 4-H Council recognized Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., with the 4-H Champion for Kids Award recently during a 4-H Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill. Chambliss received the award in honor of his work advancing 4-H youth development in Georgia.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Georgia releases 2 years of school scores

    New data on Georgia’s schools suggests the state’s elementary and middle schools have improved during the last two years. But high schools haven’t made the same gains statewide.

    April 21, 2014

  • NAMIWalks information session next week

    The Moultrie chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold an information meeting Tuesday, April 29, to get ready for this year’s NAMIWalks.

    April 21, 2014

  • Handel, Karen.jpg Handel relies on past successes as she runs for Senate

    Eleven people want to be Georgia’s next U.S. Senator. Karen Handel, who visited Moultrie recently, is one of seven Republicans in the race, which voters will cast ballots on May 20. How does one stand out in such a crowded field?
    Handel is focusing on her prior successes on the Fulton County Commission and as Georgia’s secretary of state.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woman suspects guests when electronics disappear

    A Moultrie woman who has had electronics stolen on two recent occasions when she had neighbors over may want to find different dinner guests.

    April 21, 2014

  • 0422 Relay for Life.jpg Relay for Life set for Friday

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Health officials to focus on disaster readiness

    On April 30, Southwest Health District’s Office of All Hazards Preparedness will join other disaster preparedness, response and recovery teams throughout the nation to raise community awareness about the importance of individuals and organizations taking simple, specific steps to increase their preparedness for potential emergencies.

    April 21, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content

Should abortion be legal for victims of rape?

No. That baby is alive, no matter how horrible its manner of conception.
Yes. It's wrong to force a woman to carry the child of her rapist.
Abortion is a private matter and should be legal for everyone.
     View Results