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An Athens man was sentenced to jail time and probation for impersonating an officer in Madison County Superior Court recently.

James Phillip Seagraves was sentenced by Judge Chris Phelps to serve five years, with the first 95 days to be served in confinement and the remainder on probation and to pay a $500 fine on a charge of impersonating a police officer.

Other recent action in superior court included:

•Richard Earl Helms, of Danielsville, was sentenced by Judge Jeff Malcom to serve three years, with the first year to be served in confinement and the remainder on probation and to pay a $1,500 fine on charges of possession of methamphetamine and reckless driving (reduced from DUI/drugs). Charges of possession of drug-related objects, operating a vehicle without insurance and failure to maintain lane were dismissed.

•Sheila Louise Chandler, of Crawford, was sentenced by Judge Malcom to serve three years of probation and pay $850 in fines on charges of possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (heroin) and DUI/drugs. A charge of possession of drug-related objects was dismissed.

•Timothy Rowland, of Danielsville, was sentenced by Judge Phelps to serve 10 years of probation, with five years to be suspended upon no violations for two years, and to pay $1,000 in fines on charges of entering auto, theft by taking and driving while license suspended. A charge of hijacking a motor vehicle was dismissed.

•Joshua Joe Pappe, no address listed, was sentenced by Judge Malcom to serve two years of probation and pay $750 in fines on charges of possession of methamphetamine and false report of theft or conversion. Charges of possession of marijuana less than an ounce and possession of drug-related objects were dismissed.

•Nicole Deanna Campbell, of Bethlehem, was sentenced by Judge Malcom to serve two years of probation and pay $500 in fines on charges of reckless driving (reduced from DUI/less safe) and failure to maintain lane. Charges of failure to stop for a stop sign and improper parking were dismissed.

•Austen Mackenzie Simms, of Taylorsville, was sentenced by Judge Lauren A. Watson to serve 12 months with 66 days to be served in confinement and the remainder on probation and pay $500 in fines on charges of battery-family violence and criminal trespass. A charge of third degree cruelty to children was dismissed.

•Joes Antonio Gonzalez, of Lafayette, La., had his case (second degree forgery and giving false name, address, birthdate to police officer) moved to the dead docket by Judge Watson because he has been removed from the United States. If he re-enters the U.S. and is arrested, the state will move to have this case placed on the active docket, according to court records.

•Jeffery M. Johnston, no address listed, was sentenced by Judge Malcom to serve three years, with the first 120 days to be served in confinement and the remainder on probation and pay a $1,000 fine on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. A charge of crossing guardlines with weapons, drugs or contraband was dismissed.

•Jyme Birt Noble, of Hull, was sentenced by Judge Malcom to serve 12 months of probation on a charge of battery-family violence. A charge of false imprisonment was dismissed.

•David Glenn Chapman, no address listed, was sentenced by Judge Phelps to serve five years, with the first 180 days to be served in confinement and the remainder on probation and to pay a $750 fine on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

•Richard Blount Gordon, of Hull, had his charges of aggravated sexual battery and child molestation dismissed by Judge Malcom because the defendant is deceased.

•James Rowlins Shevlin, of Colbert, had his charges of aggravated assault-family violence moved to the dead docket by Judge Phelps because of the defendant’s deteriorating physical and mental health. As a condition of the case remaining inactive, the defendant shall not possess any firearms, nor shall he reside at a residence where firearms are present, according to court records.

•Nicole Marie Golden, of Winder, was sentenced by Judge Phelps to serve three years of probation and pay a $1,000 fine on a charge of crossing guardlines with drugs. Charges of obstruction of an officer and possession of drug-related objects were dismissed.

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