Man arrested at festival pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
by Shaka S. Lias
Apr 14, 2011 | 3625 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A man that caused quite an uproar at last year's Adairsville Great Locomotive Festival stood before a Bartow County Superior Court judge Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and hindering a police officer. He was sentenced to 24 months on probation.

According to court testimony, Malcolm Thompson was in attendance at the festival on Oct. 2, 2010, when an Adairsville police officer spotted him. The officer approached Thompson to confirm an active warrant through Cobb County.

Assistant District Attorney Jana Allen told the judge that Thompson began cursing before he took off running.

"Officers had to chase him down," said Allen. "He was using very vulgar language in the presence of children."

In addition to the probation sentence, he must pay a $500 fine plus surcharges.

Brian Manning also appeared in court. He pleaded guilty to simple assault and hindering.

On March 13, Manning had an altercation with his mother. According to Assistant District Attorney Susie Brookshire, he yelled at her and became irate, removing his clothes in the yard. Brookshire said Manning's mother was fearful that her son would strike her.

"He needs to get his act together at this point," Brookshire said of Manning, who has prior offenses and arrests.

Defense attorney Tim Kimble agreed with Brookshire. "Hopefully he will get his act together as Ms. Brookshire stated," he said. Manning was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with credit for time served. His time runs concurrent with a probation revocation sentence.

Others appearing in court were:

* Donald Lee Thomas pleaded guilty to simple assault and two counts of battery. On Oct. 8, 2010, Thomas was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife, whom he was separated from while working on the relationship. Court testimony said that Thomas made physical contact with his wife, and when her daughter tried to interfere, she also was struck. Thomas was sentenced to 36 months on probation, ordered to pay a $500 fine and complete 16 hours of anger management classes.

* Corey Bohannon pleaded guilty to theft by taking. He was sentenced to six months in jail, credit for time served. According to court testimony, Bohannon took a cable box from a residence on Jan. 26, 2009.

* Ray Montgomery pleaded guilty to hindering. On March 14, Montgomery was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by a police officer. According to court testimony, Montgomery exited the car and ran, ignoring the officer's demands to stop. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.