Judge changes but won’t lift Ga. man’s ban­ish­ment

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

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