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Judge grants leniency for Heflin, Williams

On Monday, July 29, Judge Tommy Wilson revisited the sentences he imposed just five days earlier on two local young people who were among four codefendants accused of luring two victims to a vacant home here and robbing them with an Airsoft gun. Last week, Judge Wilson had sentenced Selena Williams, 20, and Joshua T. Heflin, 18, to two years in prison and eight years probation after the entered guilty pleas to robbery. They had originally been charged with armed robbery after the crime which occurred July 9, 2012 at 311 Taylor Street. On Monday, Judge Wilson amended the sentences of both Williams and Heflin, showing leniency. They will now serve 10 years probation under the first offender act with credit for seven weeks served in the local jail. They will not go to prison. They are subject to search and specimen clauses while on probation. Williams was fined $2,000 plus service charges. Heflin was fined $1,000 plus surcharges. Williams must stay away from the victim in the case, obtain her GED and be employed within 12 months. A third codefendant in the case, Jennrice Quartil McDaniel, was sentenced to three years in prison and seven years probation under the first offender act. He must also stay away from the victim. A fourth juvenile codefendant was previously sentenced in juvenile court. Judge Wilson’s action came after the deadline for this week’s print edition of The Herald Gazette in which the original sentences are reported.

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