Criminal matters in the Glynn County Superior Court picked up pace in the last couple weeks, as the criminal justice system whirs back into normal order following the holiday season.
Joshua Harper, 27, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of sexual exploration of children. A grand jury indicted him in July on four counts relating to possession, in October 2017, of four images of nude girls. He received a sentence of 120-150 days confinement, 15 years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.
David Lee Wilson, 46, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts each of aggravated assault and robbery by force, and one count of second-degree property damage. He was arrested in August for mugging two women on St. Simons Island in July. He received a sentence of 30 years in prison and 10 years probation.
Jamie Russell Elrod, 27, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault and aggravated battery in violation of the state Family Violence Act. According to the indictment, he assaulted the same woman in November 2017 and September 2018, attempting to strangle her in the first incident and fracturing her orbital bone in the second one.
He received a sentence of 20 years in prison and 10 years’ probation, and ordered to take a family violence intervention program.
Also Monday, Donald Benson Tucker, 63, pleaded guilty to illegally soliciting a girl younger than 18 to accept money for performing sexual acts on him, classified under law as “pandering for a person under 18.” He was sentenced to 180 days confinement with credit for time served, 20 years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.
Jason Gathern Wallace, 37, pleaded guilty Jan. 4 to three counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal trespass. The indictment states that in July, he threw a brick at a man, swung a machete back and forth while walking toward another man and did the same with the machete toward a woman. He received a sentence of 20 years’ probation, but was ordered to undergo mental health treatment and an anger management program.
In other superior court criminal matters, the District Attorney’s Office indefinitely suspended prosecution of Stephanie Denise West, who was accused of methamphetamine trafficking.