Following a Sept. 12 hearing, the retrial motion was denied by Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior, who presided over Thrasher’s four-day trial, which started Aug. 28, 2012. The defendant was sentenced to the maximum 20 years at the conclusion of the trial, and Prior gave him 12 years to serve in prison.
Thrasher was represented in last week’s motion by attorney Sharon Lee Hopkins, and the sole witness in the hearing was the defendant’s trial attorney, Rob Greenwald, who is also his brother-in-law.
The basis of the motion for a retrial appeared to hedge on technicalities that took place during the trial.
Hopkins questioned Greenwald primarily about the charge conference that occurred before Prior presented the charges to the jury. The jurors were given the choices of aggravated sodomy, sodomy, and furnishing alcohol to a minor, to chose from during their deliberation, in addition, of course, to finding the defendant not guilty.
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