James Ryan White was in Jones County Superior Court Aug. 7 because of new drug charges that occurred in Dooley County, and Assistant District Attorney Wright Barksdale recommended to the court that White’s first offender status be removed. The defendant pled guilty May 24, 2010, and was sentenced to 12 years with four to serve in the Georgia Department of Corrections. He was allowed to plea as a first offender, which means if he completed his probation as ordered by the court, the felony charge would be removed from his record.
But the down side of a first offender plea is, if the probation is violated, the defendant can be adjudicated guilty and be required to serve the maximum sentence for the offense in prison.
Barksdale said White was stopped by a Dooley County deputy June 9, 2014, and meth was found in his car. He recommended White be resentenced to 15 years with seven years to serve, which means he is on his way back to prison.
The defendant will receive credit for time he has already served.
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