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Accomplice from Smith murder back behind bars
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jun 13, 2013 | 2017 views | 0 0 comments | 287 287 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Probation violations brought one of the co-defendants in a 2007 shooting back to Jones County Superior Court last week.

Sidney Sapp stipulated to his violations June 6 and was sentenced to 180 days in a State Probation Detention Center. All the conditions of his probation were made special, which means any future violations could mean he will spend the remainder of his 10-year sentence in prison.

Sapp pled guilty to the crime of voluntary manslaughter July 30, 2007, in connection with the fatal shooting of Joshua Smith.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Bushway told the court that Sapp violated his probation by absconding from supervision, moving without permission, and not paying his fines and fees.

Superior Court Judge Trent Brown accepted Sapp’s probation modification and pointed out the benefits of the first offender act.

“You have to abide by the conditions of your probation. You are barely holding on to your first offender, and I want you to understand that you still have the chance not to be a felon the rest of your life,” he said.

Public defender Len Myers represented Sapp in the proceeding. He noted for the court that Sapp cooperated in the investigation of the original case and testified against co-defendants.

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