Coweta Grand jury issues June indictments

by Wes Mayer

A Coweta County Superior Court grand jury met this week and indicted nearly 250 cases.

Out of these cases, the Coweta County District Attorney’s Office noted a few of the bigger ones, which include charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, sexual battery and child molestation, armed robbery, burglary and theft and trafficking narcotics.

Michael Hanson, the man charged in shooting his neighbor after a fight over a lawn mower in Senoia, was indicted for aggravated assault. During the shooting Hanson shot his neighbor in the leg, but the bullet clipped the victim’s femoral artery and became life threatening – fortunately neighbors were able to come to the victim’s aid. Hanson fled the scene and later turned himself in.

The shooting occurred in early April during the time shootings in Newnan left three men dead and three others seriously injured.

Remington Clark Blount, the man charged with robbing two separate pizza delivery men at knifepoint in Newnan, was indicted for two counts of armed robbery. During both robberies, Blount is accused of calling the pizza delivery men to two vacant homes and robbing them with a knife when they arrived. He would then steal whatever money the victims had on them along with the pizza.

Another case involves three people, Jim Edward Torres, Rocio Villanueva Castula, and Adriana Villanueva, who were arrested on I-85 with approximately $35,000 worth of methamphetamine in their possession – 2.2 pounds. According to Georgia law, anything weighing more than 28 grams is considered trafficking, and anything more than 400 grams carries a mandatory penalty of 25 years in prison and a $1 million fine. 2.2 pounds is nearly 998 grams.

Four others were indicted on multiple counts of burglary and theft across Meriwether and Coweta County – Michael Shane Eady, Mandraile Mattito Barnes, Holly Duncan Sherrer and Bernard Anthony McGhee. Eady was first arrested by authorities in Meriwether County after multiple agencies worked together to search his home in Senoia. Inside, they found a large variety of items, including fishing rods, hunting equipment, a gun and ammunition, air conditioner units and other equipment, all which was reported stolen.

Other high profile cases noted by the District Attorney’s office are Christopher Michael Wigley – aggravated sexual battery and child molestation; Jarymarcus Ratez Godfrey – sale of oxycodone and violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act; Michael Anthony Henry – aggravated child molestation; Joshua Cole Blankenship – aggravated child molestation; Reginald Darnell Johnson – aggravated assault with a firearm; Nicole Catherine Travis – serious injury by vehicle; and Gene Earl Easterling Jr. – trafficking cocaine.



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