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State v. Marquyse Donzell Grisson

Mr. Grisson has a long history of domestic violence charges in Athens-Clarke County.

Mr. Grisson was charged with felony Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree and Family Violence Battery related to an incident on December 31, 2019. It was alleged that Mr. Grisson maliciously struck a minor child in the face and head with a closed fist causing excessive physical pain. The charging documents show that the actions of Mr. Grisson caused visible bodily harm with bruising and redness.

On November 11, 2020, Mr. Grisson was charged with stalking and harassing communications. The allegations include Mr. Grisson repeatedly texting the victim in a harassing and intimidating manner. One text stated that “police can’t save you hoe”. Despite the victim’s request to stop, he continued. He harassed her further and suggested how he should ruin her life. As of June 2023, this case remains open in Athens-Clarke County State Court. This is not handled by the District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Grisson previously plead guilty to committing battery against this victim related to an incident in 2018 where he punched her in the face and obstructed her efforts to call 911.

On November 13, 2020, Mr. Grisson was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine in violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act. This is a felony charge.

Mr. Grisson was charged with violating a Family Violence Order from the 2020 case for an incident on January 9, 2023 after he was caught entering a residence to harass the victim. He was also charged at that time with Criminal Trespass and Obstruction of a 911 Call for taking a cell phone away from the the alleged victim (who is also the mother of his child) while she was trying to call 911.

On January 11, 2023, Mr. Grisson is alleged to have again violated the 2020 bond order by stalking the victim at her residence and peering inside the windows. For this incident, Mr. Grisson was charged with Aggravated Stalking – a felony. A bond order was eventually granted requiring an ankle monitor. A request to revoke the bond order was filed on May 1, 2023 due to numerous violations of his curfew restrictions and consumption of marijuana and amphetamines shown by a positive drug screen.

On May 18, 2023, Mr. Grisson finally resolved his charges related to the 2019 incident where he allegedly beat up a minor child. In a miscarriage of justice, the District Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss the felony Cruelty to Children and reduced the battery charge to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to serve 113 days which gives him credit for prior time spent in jail over the past several years. There was no probation or further supervision of Mr. Grisson related to that case. This seems most inappropriate given the history of non-compliance and abusive behaviors by Mr. Grisson.

In exchange for Mr. Grisson pleading guilty to “disorderly conduct”, the District Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss the felony Possession of Methamphetamine related to the incident on November 13, 2020. The court records reflect no drug treatment or other basis supporting the dismissal of the felony drug charge.

The victim for the Aggravated Stalking case remains dependent upon the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute the most recent violation from January 2023. Despite Mr. Grisson non-compliance with the ankle monitor and drug restrictions, a Consent Order was approved by the District Attorney’s Office to allow Mr. Grisson to be released again, but this time with no ankle monitor and with no supervision. Where is the justice for the victims? Is the District Attorney’s Office really zealously advocating to serve the public interest?

Reduction of Felony Child Cruelty and FV Battery to Disorderly Conduct

Dismissal of felony Possession of Methamphetamine

New Aggravated Stalking Charge

Consent to Release on Bond with No Supervision