MOULTRIE — Last week, Colquitt County prosecutors dropped felony charges against a Moultrie man who already stood trial for drug charges.

Charges of burglary and marijuana possession with intent to distribute were dropped against Eric D. Lamar, 23, 521 Fourth Court N.W. An August trial against Lamar ended in a mistrial after a jury was deadlocked in its decision. During his trial, John Paul Lewis, 23, 1605 Hutchinson Drive S.E., came forth and admitted marijuana found inside a vacant apartment on Third Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest April 21 was his and not Lamar’s.

The defense attorneys advised Garner that the same defense would be used, so rather than running the risk of not getting anything on Lamar and possibly wasting the county’s time and money, the prosecutor said he backed off the charges.

“It was a judgment call on county resources and our time,” Garner said, pointing to the molestation trial and murder trial this past week.

Lewis pleaded guilty to first offender possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and was sentenced to seven years intensive probation and $2,000 fine.

In other cases:

• John Wesley Jordan, 29, 1604 Sunrise Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree cruelty to children. Sentencing was carried over until March 22. Jordan pleaded guilty to beating two of his children about the face and body; one was 4 years old at the time of the offense. As part of a plea deal, charges of grabbing his 4-year-old son by the throat and holding him underwater in a bathtub June 2005 were dropped.

• Jerrod L. Blackwell, 17, 156 Church St., pleaded guilty to one count aggravated assault and was sentenced to six months jail time with credit for time served, five years intensive probation, $2,000 fine, 80 hours community service, obtain high school general equivalency degree and no contact with Steve Kilgore, Janice Kilgore, Arzie Butts and Bruce Daniels. Blackwell shot a .22 pistol at Steve Kilgore Oct. 8 at Willis Lake Road in Norman Park, court records said.

• Nicholas D. McClendon, Adel, pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to two years in Colquitt County Correctional Institution concurrent with a probation revocation. Co-defendants Daniel Warnell and Bobby Denegall pleaded guilty previously to charges associated with crossing jail guard lines with illicit drugs.

• Jason Chad McCollum, 27, 1160 R.L. Norman Road, Norman Park, pleaded guilty to codeine possession and was sentenced to three years intensive probation, $2,000 fine, 120 hours community service and testify against Terry Harris Sr., Vanessa Harris and Justin Harris in a methamphetamine manufacturing case, court records said.

• Marcus Rogers, 19, 1465 Old Doerun Road, pleaded guilty to first offender theft by receiving stolen property and was sentenced to five years probation, $1,500 fine, 80 hours community service, restitution and no contact with Edward Tucker or Pawn Depot. Charges against co-defendant Justin Rogers, 17, 13 Hidden Acre Road, were dropped.

• Sharea Brown, 19, 411 Fourth Ave. S.W., pleaded guilty to first offender aggravated assault and was sentenced to five years intensive probation, 240 hours community service and no contact with victim. On Aug. 15, Brown assaulted Lola Green with a beer bottle at 1017 14th St. S.E. Charges of simple battery against co-defendant Gabriella S. Brown, 18, 14th St. S.E., were dropped.

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