It is alleged that Mr. Thomas shot a person in the leg on or about September 11, 2020. In that situation, Mr. Thomas was charged with Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. In the same case, Mr. Thomas also had a charge for simple battery related to him “spitting” in the face of a police officer.
On May 18, 2023, the District Attorney’s Office submitted a Motion to Enter Nolle Prosequi to dismiss Count 1 – Aggravated Battery and Count 2 – Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felony. In exchange, Mr. Thomas plead guilty to the lesser included offense of simple assault, a misdemeanor, plus the simple battery offense for spitting on law enforcement. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation.
Despite evidence the Defendant had a firearm while being a convicted felony, the District Attorney’s Office elected to abandon that criminal charge and let Mr. Thomas back on the street with minimal supervision.
Mr. Thomas also has an open case pending in Athens-Clarke County related to an incident on December 24, 2021 where Mr. Thomas allegedly pointed a firearm at a female victim demanding money, car keys, and her rings. He was charged with felony criminal attempt to commit the Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery for striking the victim with a firearm causing injury, and Aggravated Assault related to pointing a gun at her.
Interestingly enough, Mr. Thomas has another pending charge for obstruction of a law enforcement officer related to an incident on February 6, 2023 in Athens-Clarke County.
The Motion to Enter Nolle Prosequi fails to include any factual information as to why the felony charge of Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felony was being dropped our how that helped keep our community safe. Instead, the District Attorney’s Office has allowed this violent individual to return to our community with minimal oversight.
Original Indictment with Felony Charges
Motion to Enter Nolle Prosequi and Plea Agreement
Misdemeanor Sentence – 12 Month Probation