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Jones' plea accepted, sentence set

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Zachariah Jones
One of the adult suspects allegedly involved in a "birthday party" celebration allegedly involving drugs, alcohol and juveniles at Villa Motel was recently sentenced in Clay Superior Court.

According to documentation at the Clay County Courthouse, Zachariah Joseph Jones, 20, Brazil, and Chelsea Rose Gallagher, 18, Greencastle, were formally charged by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for their alleged involvement in the incident.

On Monday, Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers accepted a negotiated plea agreement between Jones' attorney Charles Hear and the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

Jones agreed to plead guilty to a class D felony maintaining a common nuisance in exchange the state would drop the remaining four misdemeanor charges, including possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Per terms of the plea agreement, Jones was sentenced to three years incarceration, with all suspended except one year (180 days actual time to be served, with credit for time previously served from Aug. 19). Good time credit is available if earned, and Jones was ordered to pay all fees and fines, report for alcohol/drug counseling, do not possess alcohol, drugs or firearms, be subject to random drug screens and provide a DNA sample to authorities.

On Aug. 19, 2010, deputies from the Clay County Sheriff's Department responded to a complaint of suspicious activity and a request to check on the welfare of an unidentified infant in room 10 of Villa Motel.

Unable to get inside the room, deputies could see Gallagher lying on the bed, apparently unresponsive to the repeated knocking that woke neighbors. Deputies reported an infant child was sleeping in a car seat carrier near the door.

Initially, Jones and two 17-year-old juveniles were not at the motel when the officers first arrived, but they returned later.

Officials discovered party supplies, including marijuana, remnants of burnt marijuana cigarettes, various devices commonly used to smoke marijuana as well as a half-empty bottle of alcohol and an "overwhelming odor of burnt marijuana."

No information is available regarding the outcome of the juvenile cases due to privacy issues.

Meanwhile, Gallagher, who bonded out of jail on Aug. 25, is still facing court proceedings.

On Nov. 30, a motion to grant a jury trial continuance filed by defense attorney Matthew Effner was accepted in Clay Superior Court. Gallagher's jury trial was rescheduled for April 11.

According to Clay County Justice Center officials, Jones will remain incarcerated for the remainder of his sentence at the facility.

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Those slaps are just awful.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 9:31 AM

and we learn what?

-- Posted by razldazl on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 10:26 AM

it wasnt his fault that baby was there or that the minors were their they all made their own choices to go to the motel

-- Posted by bbymomma23 on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 11:20 AM

i dont see why everybody is tryin to come down so hard on zach yea he has made some bad choices but ppl change

-- Posted by bbymomma23 on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 11:22 AM

bbymomma: It may not have been his fault that the baby was there but he made some bad choices that night and so did several other people. No one on here is coming down on him. I have read the posts and no one on here is bashing him. He made a mistake and minors were involved and now they all have to face their punishment. End of story. When people do things that are illegal they get punished. That is why there are laws.

-- Posted by time2growup on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 11:51 AM

Why go through all the details again of this crime when the bottom line is he'll be out on the streets again committing crimes? If it was for Jesus, this guy would have NO HOPE, but he has to WANT it.

Let him out, him resume his crimes and wait until a death results or someone gets terribly hurt because of his actions.

If the judges are not going to put them in jail, them at least sentence them to something that would REALLY make them feel the pain... sentence them to a JOB!!

Oh.. one more thing: bbymomma23? ... never mind. I won't say it.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 12:05 PM

Wow, I bet he regrets everything he did.....with that lengthy jail sentence and all.

-- Posted by Angry Camel on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 12:05 PM

bbymomma, u b rite, dat bby didnt haf 2 b at dat motel wit dose utte thugs. and watz wif zac? hees trieing to change hiz waz, he bin being a gude dood. he jest made a little miztake. po po zac.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 12:39 PM

this is another example of justice in brazil. the young people laugh at the law because they are just a plea bargain away. so much for get tough on crime mr. attorney.

-- Posted by lcbear63 on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 2:38 PM

Icbear63 is totally right..From the sounds of things this attorney does alot of pleas..HHMM guess the money he gets is more important. This guy will get in trouble again and I'm sure he will use the same attorney..Glad he didn't become prosecutor...

-- Posted by whatthe? on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 3:20 PM

well check it out my ol man beleives in god and he prays everydsy not a damn one of u can say if he is going to change or not n if u have something to say to me just say it u aint gonna bother me at all zach is a good man and like i said ppl mess up no one is perfict

-- Posted by bbymomma23 on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 5:28 PM

yeah..he comes from a family of holy rollers i know from what i observed out in the public eye is that its hypocritcal and all his actions from stealing from local establishments to smokin and drinkin with a baby amongest the crowd has been pushed under a rug his whole life..popopo zach huh?...and for the sake of your child and yourself i hope you do all you can to make sure you take care of YOU and dont rely on this mr right to amke your life for you

-- Posted by razldazl on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 8:54 PM

A 20 year old "old man"? (FYI - it's written in the Springer bylaws somewhere that in order to be considered an 'old man', a man must be older than his 'baby mama')

If he prays every day - He might want to start praying that he'll stop getting caught.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 9:24 PM

Hahahahahahaaaaaa.........u b rite on I'm lethal esquentailly!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 11:16 AM

me and my children will be just fine and it doesnt matter if his family is holy all that matters is that he beleives in a higher power im proud of my husband even if he is younger then me he will be a great father and husband and thats not for anyone to judge he has changed alot sence we met and like i said that baby shouldnt have been in the room that has nothing to do with him have u all forgot that the babys mother was in the room doin the same damn thing!!!

-- Posted by bbymomma23 on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 9:57 PM

bbymomma, you keep saying that the baby shouldn't have been in the room. Well guess what, Zach shouldn't have been in the room either. Wake up and quit blaming everyone else.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 11:00 PM

im not blaiming everyone else iv already said that he messed up but u ppl keep sayin how much of a bad person he is for doin drugs in the room with the baby but the the mother of that baby was any kind of mother at all that baby wouldnt have been there and no zach shouldnt have been there but he was and just because he isnt doing alot of time in jail he is still paying for what he did by missing out on his kids lives

-- Posted by bbymomma23 on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 1:25 PM

Can we please learn to use some punctuation? Thanks.

-- Posted by Angry Camel on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 3:31 PM

omg seriosly you dont need punctuation to read bud!

-- Posted by bbymomma23 on Sat, Jan 15, 2011, at 12:44 PM

BBYMOMMA23, no one said it was "his fault" the baby was there .. but it was HIS decision to stay. "People change", that's true .. he's had opportunity to change, and he gets arrested. Does that sound like change to you?

What this arrest tells the reader is that drugs are more important than YOU are to him, more important than his (or anyone's) KIDS are to him. If you're expecting sympathy for him .. you won't find it here.

If you choose to raise YOUR children around a man who uses illegal drugs (children present or not), then your decision-making skills seem to be no better than his are right now.

-- Posted by Emmes on Sat, Jan 15, 2011, at 5:32 PM

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