Five sentenced in superior court


Emanuel County Superior Court convened last week to continue addressing cases from late last year as well as cases in the newest term. By the end of the convention, six men were sentenced in various cases.


The oldest case addressed last week involved that of Billy Jack Brantley. As reported in last week’s Crossroads, the defendant was convicted on two counts first-degree forgery and consequently sentenced to 15 years probation and 170-180 days in the probation detention center. He also received a $1,000 fine. This case was part of the October 2021 term.


Darrien James Worthen was convicted on several drug charges—specifically one count possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one misdemeanor count possession of marijuana, and one misdemeanor count of obstruction. Worthen received 35 years, the first 10 of which must be served in confinement, as well as a $1,000 fine. His case was part of the November 2021 term.


The remaining three defendants sentenced by the court were all part of the January 2022 term.


Phillips Aaron Riner negotiated a guilty (Alford) plea on one count aggravated stalking. He was sentenced to 10 years probation and fined $50.


Jeffery Jerome Washington was found guilty on one count sale of cocaine, resulting in a 20-year sentence. He must serve the first three of those years in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. Washington also received a $50 fine.


Randy Jerome Whipple negotiated guilty pleas on the following charges: fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, possession of cocaine, driving under the influence, suspended license, reckless driving, operating an unregistered vehicle, brake light violation, and seatbelt violation (one count each), two counts hit-and-run, and two counts aggravated assault reduced to first-degree criminal property damage. Total, Whipple was sentenced to 20 years, eight of which must be served in confinement and the remainder on probation. He also accumulated $725 in fines.

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