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Defendant heads back to jail
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 28, 2013 | 1692 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new charge of theft by taking cost a Jones County man his first offender status and an additional five years on probation.

Tarisai Wakatama was adjudicated guilty and resentenced to 10 years probation in Jones County Superior Court Feb. 14. The defendant was also sentenced to serve 180 days in a state detention center, followed by 12 full months intensive probation supervision and then regular probation supervision as originally ordered.

Wakatama was on probation after pleading guilty to separate charges of theft by taking and theft by receiving in August of 2007. According to a report of the crime, the defendant was arrested for the theft of jewelry from an acquaintance.

He received five years for the charges but was allowed to plea as a first offender.

According to a report of the most recent arrest by Jones County Deputy Rod Whitehead, he was dispatched to the crime scene in River North Dec. 21, 2012, and met with a Macon detective, Sgt. William Gay, who reported the theft.

The detective told Whitehead as he was going home, he saw Wakatama standing in front of several mailboxes and looking around. It seemed suspicious, so Gay went down the street and turned around and came back.

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