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Williams sentenced in thefts

A Barnesville man originally arrested over two years ago in connection with a string of equipment thefts was sentenced to prison time Aug. 18 in Lamar superior court by Judge Bill Fears. Arthur Bill (Oscar) Williams, 47, will serve two years in prison and six years on probation after entering guilty pleas to six counts of theft by taking and one count of criminal trespass. He will get credit for 146 days served in the Lamar County jail. Williams and a codefendant, Deontae Terrell Williams, stole a trailer from a local farm in 2014 then used Deontae Williams’ truck and the purloined trailer to steal two zero turn lawnmowers from Akins Farm & Home and a third mower from the city barn off Lamar Street. They also stole a weed eater and a blower from the home of Carole Smith. The criminal trespass charge arose from Oscar Williams cutting the fence at the city barn to get the mower stolen there. Deontae Williams pleaded guilty some time ago, got a probated sentence and agreed to testify against Oscar Williams, his uncle. In addition to his prison sentence, Oscar Williams must pay $500 restitution to the City of Barnesville. He will also be subject to a search and specimen clause while on probation. Oscar Williams jumped bail and was a fugitive for a time. His case was dead docketed but taken out of mothballs after he was located and arrested. All the stolen equipment was recovered.

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