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Man sentenced to federal prison for stealing attorney general's ID

Man sentenced to federal prison for stealing attorney general's ID


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A Georgia man has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for filing fraudulent income tax returns under several stolen identities, including that of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Yafait Tadesse pleaded guilty in November to stealing government funds. He will spend three years on supervised release after getting out of prison, and must also pay more than $4,000 in restitution to the IRS.

According to information presented in court, Tadesse, 21, and co-defendant Eyaso Abebe stole the identities of at least 10 victims. They used the information to file fake tax returns, claiming all the victims worked at Walmart and earned similar wages.

Man arrested in Villa Rica jewelry store murder

Man arrested in Villa Rica jewelry store murder

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- U.S. Marshals have arrested a suspected gang member in a fatal shooting at a Villa Rica jewelry store.

Cranford Phelps was taken into custody in southeast Atlanta at around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

U.S. Marshals Supervisory Inspector Gavin Duffy said Phelps, 21, is one of four suspects in a smash-and-grab burglary at the Mobley Jewelry Store last week. Store owner Mitch Mobley was shot to death in the incident.

A gun was also seized during Phelps' arrest, Duffy said.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Anthropology students and professors from the University of West Georgia recently staged a crime scene to help members of the Cartersville Police Department practice their forensic investigation skills.

Dr. Kerriann Marden with UWG's Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL) organized the mock crime scene on Nov. 3. She and her students placed a combination of animal bone fragments and replica human bones, personal effects and decomposing animal tissue around a shallow grave.

"We try to stage the mock scenes as realistically as possible to allow law enforcement and other medicolegal professionals to experience the real challenges that they may encounter when recovering human remains -- scavengers, weather, insects, soil, odors, etc., as well as learning the basic archaeological skills," Marden said in a statement.

Man sentenced to life for shooting college student

Man sentenced to life for shooting college student

ATLANTA -- A 24-year-old Atlanta man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and shooting a University of West Georgia student.

Tremaine Leigh was convicted Thursday of aggravated assault, theft and firearm possession in the March 31, 2011 shooting of then-20-year-old Brandon Griffith.

Court records showed that Griffith was shopping for snacks at the Texaco Food Mart on Northside Drive near Atlanta University Center when Leigh, who was armed with a gun, approached him and demanded money.

When Griffith didn't give up his money quickly enough, authorities said Leigh shot him in the chest, took his wallet and cell phone, and drove away in his car.

Leigh was captured two months later and will now spend life plus 35 years in prison.

Griffith survived the attack and is currently completing his senior year of college.

Man sentenced in plot to ship deer to Ga.

Man sentenced in plot to ship deer to Ga.

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A west Georgia man has been sentenced to six months probation for trying to illegally ship deer from Pennsylvania to his Georgia ranch.

According to information presented in court, 48-year-old Donald Lee Vaughn tried to transport 11 white-tailed deer to his property in Villa Rica in 2009. He admitted that he did not have the deer tested for diseases.

"Shipping wildlife across state lines without testing for illness and disease potentially threatens the health of our wild deer population," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Experts tell us that once diseases are spread, they are almost impossible to eradicate."

In addition to serving time on probation, Vaughn must also pay a $20,000 fine.

Ex-bank president to serve 6 years in prison

Ex-bank president to serve 6 years in prison

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- The former president of Villa Rica-based Hometown Bank was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison after being found guilty of bank fraud.

According to information presented in court, 39-year-old S. Pope Cleghorn, Jr. misappropriated nearly $3 million in fraudulent loans with co-conspirator Russell T. Long.

"This defendant, the president and CEO of a Georgia bank, made bad loans to a crony who later admitted he paid cash kickbacks in exchange for the special treatment," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "For years, the defendant took extraordinary efforts to cover up his fraud with phony documents and lies, but with today's prison sentence, he has now been brought to justice."