Randall Wesley Deaton pled guilty to two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree and one count of stalking July 15, but he did not agree to the sentence offered by the state. That left the sentencing to the discretion of Superior Court Judge Lee Parrott Jr.
After hearing testimony on both sides of the case and the arguments of the attorneys, Parrott sentenced Deaton to 10 years on each count of cruelty to children and stalking to run concurrently for a total of 10 years. The defendant will serve 180 days in the Jones County Law Enforcement Center until he is accepted into the state probation detention center, where he will serve 90-120 days. The remainder of the sentence may be served on probation.
Deaton has already been incarcerated for 200 days, and the judge said that time will be credited to the back end of his sentence.
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