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Guilty Plea in Killing
Saturday, 16 February 2013

February 16--  A woman who killed her boyfriend last May in Vidalia is going to jail for 20 years.

Rochelle Hurst pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Benjamin Herman Kelly.  She was indicted for malice murder in November for hitting Kelly in the head with a hammer and stabbing him in the chest.

The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Cathy Palmer in Toombs County Superior Court.

In another case, Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman says a plea hearing has been set for former Lyons Police Chief Ricky Newsome.

Newsome was arrested in September, 2011 for allegedly selling a confiscated car and using the proceeds for his personal use in addition to taking other police department funds. It's also alleged he distributed an estimated ten pounds of confiscated marijuana and violated his oath of office by committing illegal acts.

He joined Lyons police in 1996 and was the police chief at the time of his arrest. He's currently out of jail on a $100,000 bond.

Newsome is expected to enter a guilty plea at a hearing Thursday, March 14th at 1:30 p.m. in Toombs County Superior Court.



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