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January 17, 2014

Court roundup: Window-busting case still on court schedule

Editor’s note: Updates on high-interest criminal cases previously reported in The Daily Citizen will appear periodically on Saturdays.

Three men accused of going on a joy ride in which they busted glass windows at 50 Dalton businesses last summer are scheduled to appear in court in March but hope to pay back their victims before then, according to one of the men’s attorney.

Nicholas Lane Atkins II, 20, of Dalton; Kinsey Logan Baggett, 17, of Dalton; and Ricky Herbert Pratt, 22, of Dalton, were arrested last August after authorities said one person drove while the other two used slingshots to shoot marbles through the windows at businesses along Thornton Avenue, Hamilton Street, Walnut Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and Morris Street.

All three face 22 counts of criminal trespass and 21 counts of second degree criminal damage to property. They are scheduled to appear before Judge Cindy Morris in Whitfield County Superior Court on March 11.

“The plan is to have all the restitution paid in full before the next court date,” said Sam Sanders, Baggett’s attorney.

Also in Whitfield County Superior Court:

• Morris issued a bench warrant for Justin Wade Dunn, who faces several child sex crimes after he failed to show up for his court date on Jan. 7. Dunn was 26 when he was arrested in April 2012 for alleged sexual interactions with an underage girl.

Dunn is charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child molestation for alleged acts against the girl whose father caught some of the acts on video, according to authorities.

He had been out of jail on $22,500 bond.

• A man accused of trying to take a 3-year-old girl by using an accomplice who posed as a cop has been sentenced to seven years in prison and three years on probation.

Hilario Benjamin Gonzalez, who was 29 and living at 423 Claude St. in Dalton when the incident occurred in November, was sentenced by Judge David Blevins on Jan. 3.

As part of the negotiated plea, authorities dismissed a felony kidnapping charge, and Gonzalez pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, family violence-battery, third degree cruelty to children and obstructing a person making an emergency phone call.

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