Court hands down sentences for two cases

Published 3:13 pm Friday, November 8, 2019

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The November term of Decatur County Superior Court convened Wednesday.

The first case for trial by Chief Assistant District Attorney Mike Bankston was that of Antonio Bowles.

Bowles was charged with one count of Aggravated Assault. The evidence showed that on Sept. 1, 2018, Bowles made an assault upon Courtney Harris with his fist resulting in serious bodily injury. Harris was taken to the Emergency Room and transferred to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with head trauma due to injuries inflicted by Antonio Bowles. Bowles was found guilty by the Decatur County jury on Aggravated Assault and was sentenced by Judge Heather Lanier to 20 years serving 8 in the State Prison.

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Another case of significant note was the case of Bobby Edward Hand and Lawren Dnae Green. The case set to be tried by ended with guilty pleas. Both Hand and Green were charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, three counts of Aggravated Assault, and two counts of Cruelty to Children in the First Degree. Evidence proved that between Dec. 20, 2018, and March 21, 2019, both defendants were accused and charged with causing bodily harm to two of Green’s biological young children by breaking one child’s leg, assaulting two children with a deadly weapon, pouring hot water on the body of a child causing serious bodily injury and physically abusing two children causing bruising to the face, head, neck, arms, chest, stomach, right leg and ruptured blood vessels in one’s left eye. Hand pled blind, at the mercy of the court, and was sentenced to 40 years to serve in the State Prison System by Judge Kevin Chason. Green pled and was sentenced to 20 years to serve 2 in the Decatur County Jail by Judge Kevin Chason.

Should you have any further concerns or comments please call District Attorney Joe K. Mulholland at (229) 246-1823.