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Career criminal gets 10 years for selling cocaine

The leopard doesn’t change its spots and some folks just seem to like prison stripes. Such seems to be the case for career criminal Tony Jerome Akins who was sent back to prison for 10 years last week by Judge Bill Fears after he pleaded guilty to two counts of selling cocaine. He also got 10 years probation. Akins, who last resided at 1321 McCollum Rd. here, is no stranger to prison. This will be his fourth tour of duty there. Akins first stepped into the spotlight on Jan. 5, 1996 when he and two other young men, Tyrone O’Neal and Craig O’Neal, participated in an armed robbery at the Country Kitchen Restaurant on the road that bears its name. During the closing time holdup, several shots were fired at restaurateur Jack Martin but he was not hit. The three bandits were caught just over an hour after the shots were fired. Akins went to prison on August 8, 1996 and served until Jan. 3, 2001. He did two other prison stints, on convictions in Lamar and Muscogee counties, totaling nearly three years. He was last released on Feb. 17, 2009.

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