Bor­ders faces six years on drug charge

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By BLAKE DOSS RN-T Staff Writer

A Cedar­town man who worked for Georgia Power his whole life, paid his taxes and had a large amount of com­mu­nity sup­port was sen­tenced last week to six years in a fed­eral pri­son, plus four years pro­ba­tion, for con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute a con­trolled sub­stance.

Arthur Lewis Bor­ders pleaded guilty in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Rome for try­ing to buy $33,500 worth of co­caine from an un­der­cover agent.

Judge Harold L. Mur­phy said he took into ac­count Bor­ders’ lack of a crim­i­nal record, rep­u­ta­tion, church ser­vice and job his­tory when he sen­tenced him.

While all of the sup­port and his­tory was ad­mirable, Mur­phy said, Bor­ders “sells the very devil it­self.”

Dur­ing a search of his home at 1076 Potash Road, po­lice found 1.5 pounds of co­caine, a half-pound of mar­i­juana and about a pound of meth. Of­fi­cers also found 55 gal­lons of moon­shine there.

Bor­ders had ap­prox­i­mately 30 sup­port­ers from his fam­ily, church and com­mu­nity at the sen­tenc­ing.

Two char­ac­ter wit­nesses were called to speak to the judge about Bor­ders, in­clud­ing Pas­tor Cur­tis Dixon, who has known Bor­ders since 1997, when he be­came the preacher at the same church Bor­ders at­tended.

Bor­ders was highly in­volved in the church, as well as the com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to Dixon, who vis­ited Bor­ders in pri­son in Alabama.

Dixon said Bor­ders is cur­rently teach­ing Bi­ble lessons to pri­son in­mates based on his Sun­day morn­ing ser­mon notes.

“You don’t get sup­port like this un­less you merit it,” ac­cord­ing to Bor­ders’ de­fense at­tor­ney John Gar­land.

Gar­land rec­om­mended the manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence of five years.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the whole case was un­usual be­cause of Bor­ders’ job his­tory, church ser­vice and com­mu­nity rep­u­ta­tion.

He even com­pared Bor­ders to the apos­tle Paul, be­cause of his Bi­ble lessons in the pri­son.

Still, the pros­e­cu­tor said the judge must take into ac­count the large quan­ti­ties of drugs, which is why he rec­om­mended the judge sen­tence him to six years and six months.

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