Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior sentenced Thrasher to the maximum 20 years for the charge and gave him 12 years to serve in prison.
The trial started late afternoon, Tuesday, Aug. 28, after a day of jury selection. Assistant District Attorneys Gregory Bushway and Keagan Goodrich prosecuted the case, and Atlanta attorney Rob Greenwald, who is also the defendant’s brother-in-law, defended Thrasher. Greenwald was joined in his defense by local attorney Ashley Mackin.
The first time jurors hear what a case is about is during the attorneys’ opening remarks. At that time, each side gives their version of the events that led to the charges and what they believe the evidence is going to show.
Bushway spoke for the state and framed the case against Thrasher. He said the 19-year-old victim was given alcohol by the defendant and encouraged to drink. After he was intoxicated to the point of not knowing what was going on, Thrasher carried the victim to a downstairs bedroom and had his way with him by performing oral sex on him.
The charge against Thrasher was aggravated sodomy, which means the act was not only against the victim’s will but force was used. The defendant was found guilty of the lesser included offense of sodomy.
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