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Father pleads guilty to two counts of cruelty to children, gets 10 years
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jul 28, 2010 | 3553 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The question of the line between disciplining a child and child abuse was at the center of a sentencing hearing in Jones County Superior Court last week.

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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August 03, 2010
how can the judge in this case give such a light sentence when the same individual was arrested 2 years ago for assault and attempted murder in front of a child (same one abused) and has yet to go to court on these charges because somebody knows somebody politics that seem to control everything in Jones co. and he has also been arrested several times in Bibb county for assault in the last 5 yrs. Does it seem fair that he can just keep getting a slap on the wrist and keep on repeating the same behavior? Until he actually kills somebody nothing will be done and then it'll be the same old " we had no idea" excuse.