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Man gets 10 years for being wheelman
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
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A Macon man who claimed all he did was drive the car received a 10-year sentence for his participation in a Jones County burglary.

Jerry Dewayne Houston will be allowed to serve his sentence on probation following his time in a state probation detention center. As part of his plea agreement, Houston will testify at the trial of his co-defendant, Willie Eugene Howard, and submit to an interview by investigators from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.

Houston and Howard were arrested Sept. 16, 2012, and were indicted by a grand jury for burglary in first degree Dec. 3.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Bushway told the court at the March 7 plea hearing that Houston admitted to driving Howard to the Oakview Drive residence and waiting outside while his codefendant committed the theft.

According to a story in The Jones County News about the men’s arrest, Capt. Earl Humphries of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department said officers had been investigating a series of burglaries in Jones County in which a blue Chevrolet Astro van was used.

The van was spotted by Deputy William Jernigan who watched it riding through the neighborhoods and stopped it as it was exiting the neighborhood.

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