Judge changes but won’t lift Ga. man’s banishment
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who fired a gun at a home and was later banished from most of the state can live with his mother, but is not allowed out of the county, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams ruled that David Nathan Thompson cannot set foot in any Georgia county except for DeKalb, where his mother and stepfather live.
Thompson was sentenced in 2005 to eight years in prison after he fired a round from a high-powered rifle into the brick wall of a suburban Atlanta house where his stepmother’s sister lived. No one was hurt, but the family said they were frightened.
His sentence was eventually cut in half by a review panel, but a condition of his probation banned him from living everywhere in Georgia except Ware County, near the Florida line and about 250 miles from his family. After a subsequent arrest on a probation violation and more time in jail, his living restrictions were modified and essentially banned him from living just about anywhere in the state north of Macon.
Georgia judges cannot banish convicted criminals from the state, but the Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the practice of banishing them from living in all but one of the state’s 159 counties.