17-year-old receives 'special' probation rules
by Shaka S. Lias
Feb 09, 2011 | 4427 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
"Live by the rules that your mother and father placed for you or live by the rules of the Bartow County jail," Judge Carey Nelson told a 17-year-old who stood before him Tuesday morning in Bartow County Superior Court.

Ian Whitaker Jones pleaded guilty to underage consumption and was sentenced to six months probation, a $300 fine plus surcharges and special conditions requested by his father who represented him.

Jones' father asked that Judge Nelson add a curfew to his son's probation. He said that Jones often leaves home on Fridays and doesn't return until Sundays and he nor his wife has any idea where he is. Nelson imposed an 8 p.m. curfew while Jones is on probation. In addition, Jones, who was suspended for school recently for tobacco use, also was ordered to stay away from tobacco.

Judge Nelson warned Jones that if he broke any of the terms of probation he could be subject to jail time.

According to court testimony, on Dec. 22, 2010, Jones knowingly possessed an alcoholic beverage while under the age of 21. The incident happened on Interstate 75, near mile marker 287. He was arrested and later posted a $600 bond.

Charles Earl Sanders also appeared in court seeking a probation revocation.

Sander's wife testified that she wanted to exercise her spousal privilege right and not testify against her husband. The couple has been married for six years.

Lance Dutton, attorney for Sanders, said he is accused of striking his wife, but she refused to testify and there were no other witnesses to the alleged crime.

According to court documents, Sanders was sentenced on Nov. 18, 2008, to 60 days in jail for battery. On Aug. 3, 2010, he was sentenced to 12 months in jail for the same offense. Dutton said that although his client's petition was dismissed, he will still remain in custody on new battery charges.

Two other cases on Nelson's docket were continued, a non-jury child molestation, child exploitation for Johnny Lee Summey and a sentencing for Henry Antonio, who was found guilty of robbery in December.