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Man loses first offender status, gets 8 years
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Sep 27, 2012 | 2573 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A probation modification ended in the loss of a defendant’s first offender status and eight years to serve in prison in Jones County Superior Court last week.

Taylor Tomberlin was adjudicated guilty by Chief Judge William Prior Sept. 13 and resentenced to eight years confinement. The adjudication of guilt is the down side of a defendant pleading as a first offender.

Tomberlin was on probation for the charge of theft by receiving. He pled guilty to the offense Sept. 28, 2009, and was allowed to enter the plea under the first offender act, which means if he successfully completed his five years probation as ordered, the felony would be wiped from his record.

Assistant District Attorney Keagan Goodrich prosecuted the case. She told the court that Tomberlin violated his probation by receiving a DUI and obstruction charge Dec. 3, 2011, and Bibb County charges of theft by taking April 22, 2012, theft by taking fiduciary April 26, 2012 and burglary May 2, 2012.

She said other violations include not reporting and a curfew violation. Goodrich said Tomberlin had a previous modification May 27, 2010, and recommended the defendant be adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 10 years.

“He has been through the detention center and has had repeated violations. We made his conditions special and sent him to boot camp,” she said.

Goodrich said, as soon as the defendant got out, he tested positive for marijuana and alcohol and was going to bars and drinking. She said his family put him in a treatment center in New Jersey, and he was discharged from there for violations.

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