Five sentenced in superior court

Paperwork for five defendants’ sentences were finalized with Emanuel County Superior Court last week. Of those sentenced were Andrew Clay Whitmore, Jose Francisco Sosa Jr., and three codefendants in a RICO trial, Richard Curry Anderson, Tony Williams, and Travis Lee Brown. Their cases and consequential sentences were addressed by the court as part of the July 2021 term.

In case 21-CR-227, Whitmore negotiated guilty pleas on one count theft by receiving stolen property, three counts second-degree burglary, three counts criminal attempt at second-degree burglary, one count fourth-degree forgery, and one count possession of tools for the commission of a crime. He was sentenced to 20 years, two of which are to be spent in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation.

Sosa, in case 21-CR-225, negotiated guilty pleas on one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts theft by taking. He was sentenced to 11 years with the first year to be spent in prison and the remainder on probation.

Anderson, in case 19-CR-90, was found guilty on eight counts violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, two counts violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, one count malice murder, one count felony murder, one count aggravated assault, and two counts possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He received a lifetime sentence, plus 25 years.

Williams, in case 19-CR-86, was found guilty on two counts violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, three counts selling cocaine, one count trafficking cocaine, two counts malice murder, two counts felony murder, four counts aggravated assault, and four counts possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Total, he received two lifetime sentences, plus an additional 45 years.

Finally, Brown was found guilty on two counts violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and was sentenced to 10 years.

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