A Brunswick man pleaded guilty Friday in Glynn County Superior Court to false imprisonment and obstruction of an officer in a matter that began with an argument with his wife at his residence Sept. 24, 2016.
According to the indictment and police statements, Harold Wayne Huff, 50, had an argument with his wife and allegedly assaulted her the day prior, leading neighbors to call police. Huff was uncooperative with Georgia State Patrol troopers who were first to arrive at the scene. Later, Glynn County police discovered Huff was armed, holding his wife against her will and threatening to shoot any officers who tried to arrest him.
Officers negotiated with Huff for around six hours, then fired tear gas into the home to force Huff out. They arrested him an hour later.
Huff was sentenced on first-offender status to five years in state prison, six years probation and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine. As a condition of the plea, charges of aggravated assault, battery, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and terroristic threats are dropped.
In an unrelated matter, Nathan V. Newbern, 20, pleaded guilty to theft by receiving and violation of the state gang act. According to police statements, the federal “Bloody Prince” investigation into the local Bloods street gang led to a burglary incident in which the victim found his property being sold through Facebook group posts.
One of the buyers implicated Leviticus Butler, who was found at Newbern’s residence. A search warrant executed at the residence revealed more stolen property, and texts found on Newbern’s and Butler’s phones also pointed to their guilt in the burglary.
Newbern was sentenced on first-offender status to five years probation, a $1,500 fine and banished from the Brunswick Judicial Circuit. Newbern’s attorney, James Yancey, made a motion to seal the file, but Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley chose to consider the matter further and did not issue a ruling during the hearing.