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Veteran local street thug off to prison for 20 years

By Walter Geiger A local street thug who has tormented local police since he was a juvenile was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week by Judge Tommy Wilson after being convicted by a jury of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of scales to weigh out drugs for sale. Rodney Woods, 38, had been offered a plea deal but balked at the last minute, forcing the judge to draw a jury. His trial began April 23 and he was convicted the following day. He also got 20 years probation. Woods had a previous conviction for sale of cocaine and was in jail on other charges at the time of his trial. ‘We are glad he is gone,’ sheriff Brad White said of the conviction. A quick check of current records at the jail pulled up multiple convictions for Woods but his record stems back to drug and firearms charges as a juvenile. Current records show only arrests since electronic record keeping at the sheriff’s office. Those included charges of sale of cocaine and possession of marijuana in 2000; a parole violation in 2002; battery and sale of marijuana in 2003; sale of marijuana and cocaine in 2004; a failure to appear in 2005; a DUI and traffic violations in 2012; sale of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects in 2013; and aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, hindering a 911 call and tampering with evidence in 2014. In another drug case, Christopher Shon York was sentenced to six years in prison and 14 years on probation for drugs sales. He was arrested after a joint investigation by the sheriff’s office and GBI.

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