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Judge allows Thrasher to return to part of state
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jun 12, 2014 | 1334 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Martin Thrasher (center standing) faces the judge as he was sentenced following his 2012 trial.
Martin Thrasher (center standing) faces the judge as he was sentenced following his 2012 trial.
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Martin Thrasher was back in Jones County Superior Court last week asking that his banishment from Georgia be reconsidered.

Instead of being banned from the entire state, Thrasher will now be banned only from the Ocmulgee Circuit, Monroe and Bibb counties.

The defendant was represented June 5 by Atlanta attorney Rob Greenwald, who also happens to be his brother-in-law. Greenwald represented Thrasher when he was found guilty of sodomy following a four-day trial in 2012. The defendant was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but that sentence was vacated Dec. 5, 2013, because it was determined that there were problems with the case. He was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of false imprisonment.

For that he was sentenced to 10 years and given two years to serve with credit for time served since his arrest Dec. 27, 2011.

Thrasher was tried in Jones County Superior Court in August of 2012 for the charge of aggravated sodomy, but the jury acquitted him of that charge and found him guilty of sodomy.

Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin explained to the court in December that Thrasher had filed a motion for a new trial that was denied. But, when she got the case, she was concerned the verdict could be reversed on appeal.

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