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Man pleads guilty in cruelty case
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Apr 30, 2014 | 1403 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A Gray man charged with cruelty to children for leaving a child unattended in a car on a hot August day while he shopped pled guilty to a lesser offense in Jones County Superior Court last week.

Mark Timothy James was indicted by a grand jury Feb. 6 on the charge of cruelty to children in second degree. He pled guilty to the lesser offense of reckless conduct April 24 and received 12 months probation, a $500 fine, and community service.

Chief Judge William Prior accepted the negotiated plea after James admitted what happened.

Prior asked the defendant if he was guilty, and James hesitated.

“Did you leave the child in the car?” the judge asked.

“Yes,” the defendant replied.

Assistant District Attorney Wright Barksdale prosecuted the case, and public defender Alice Button represented James.

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