Richard Frazier pled guilty to burglary April 30, 2009, and received 10 years for offense. He was allowed to plea as a first offender and serve his sentence on probation.
Georgia’s First Offender Act allows an individual facing a felony charge who has no previous felony record to plea as a first offender. If he fulfills the requirements of his probation without incident, he will not have a felony conviction on his record.
The downside of the act is a probation violation can result in the removal of the first offender status by the court, adjudication of guilt, and being resentenced to the maximum sentence for the crime.
Frazier was arrested Nov. 24, 2008, on the charge of criminal damage to property in the first degree with co-defendant Josh Steven Matheny and a juvenile. Both Frazier and Matheny were 17 at the time of the crime.
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