2005-08-10 / Front Page

No-show clients will cost bondsmen big bucks

By Elizabeth Billips
True Citizen Associate Editor

By Elizabeth Billips
True Citizen Associate Editor

Local bondsmen will have to pay up if they can’t deliver their no-show clients to the Burke County Jail.

Thirty-nine defendants were subpoenaed to state court last Thursday after failing to appear for their original court dates, going back as far as 2001.

State Court Judge Jerry Daniel arraigned the seven defendants who reported to court, but reissued bench warrants on 32 repeat no-shows.

"I’m holding the bondsmen responsible," Judge Daniel said. "If they (defendants) don’t show up, they’ll have to forfeit their bonds … the bondsmen will have to come up with the money."

While some of the defendants were originally bailed out of jail by family members, the majority went through bonding companies and were released on property bonds.

Soon, the bondsmen will receive certified letters informing them that their clients must be delivered to the Burke County Jail right away or their bonds will be surrendered.

The defendants who do report to jail will be arrested on bench warrants and held until the next court calendar.

Forfeiture proceedings will be held within 120-150 days on those who do not show – and, for some bail-bond companies, those forfeitures could tally into the tens of thousands.

Bench warrants were reissued on the following defendants for failing to appear:

• Loretta Davis Burt (DUI, driving too fast for conditions);

• Robert Stoney Carroll (failure to maintain lane, driving with a suspended license and DUI);

• Lawrence Lee Coleman Jr. (statutory rape, sexual battery, reckless conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor);

• Leroy Devine (driving with a suspended license, harassing phone calls, criminal trespass, carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing or hindering a law enforcement officer);

• Ronnie Ellison (driving with a suspended license, window tint violation and speeding);

• Shauntia Forth (reckless conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor);

• John Milton Garland (operation of vehicle with an improper tag and habitual violator);

• Charles Junior Greene (simple battery);

• Mack Heggs (simple battery);

• Gumercindo Castro Her-nandez (DUI, failure to stop at a stop sign, no proof of insurance and no license on person);

• Jose Binuelo Hernandez (no drivers license, DUI and failure to maintain lane);

• Ronald Genet Jackson (leaving the scene of an accident, no driver’s license and battery);

• Robert Douglas Johnson (driving with a suspended license and violation of the Georgia Seatbelt law);

• David Arnold Joyner (possession of marijuana);

• Pascual Banalles Magana (DUI, failure to maintain lane and no proof of insurance);

• John Henry Mobley (criminal trespass);

• Timothy Lawton Murray (criminal trespass);

• Edward Douglas Owens Jr. (no proof of insurance, unregistered vehicle, no tail lights and driving while unlicensed);

• Cynthia R. Padgett (driving with a suspended license);

• Anthony Quinones (no tag light, driving without a license and expired driver’s license);

• Earl Wayne Rogers (DUI less safe, driving with a suspended license, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and speeding);

• Alejandro Ladislao Sanchez (DUI, driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance);

• Robert Jay Sheeks (driving with license suspended and speeding);

• Ernest Tranell Stallings (DUI, driving with a suspended license and open container);

• Jeanne Lanette Stringer (no insurance, no driver’s license and expired tag);

• Timothy Tucker (DUI, revoked license and open container;

• Dennis Lamont Washington (DUI, driving with a suspended license, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, violation of the Georgia Seatbelt Law and auxiliary eight violations);

• Darla Webb (driving on a suspended license and speeding);

• KC William Whitten (DUI and failure to stop at a stop sign);

• Hubert Williams Jr. (simple battery and cruelty to children in the second degree) and

• Claude Daniel Williford (driving with a suspended license).


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