2 plead guilty in drug cases

Tue, 09/23/2008 - 3:42pm
By: John Munford

After their trials had started Monday, two men pled guilty to drug charges in two separate cases in Fayette County Superior Court.

William Austin Powell, 25, of 812 Wynthrope Way, Riverdale, pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine, possession of alprazolam and possession of marijuana (less than one ounce).

Having been previously convicted of burglary in Gilmer County in January 2002, Powell was sentenced to five years in prison by Chief Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English, Jr.

Powell faced well more than 15 years in prison if convicted, a fact pointed out to him by English moments before when Powell was apparently wavering over whether or not to accept the plea.

According to court officials, Powell was arrested after sheriff’s drug agents searched him in conjunction with a search warrant from a nearby home on North Fayette Court in July 2006.

In an unrelated case, Alex Lamond Holloway, 21, of 16 Davis Street, Newnan, pled guilty to a reduced charge of selling a counterfeit substance; he had originally been charged with possession of cocaine.

According to warrants for his arrest, Holloway was accused of selling cocaine to an undercover drug agent in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Peachtree City in September 2007.

Holloway was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson.

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