Bell said he didn’t immediately know what charges Neale originally faced that landed him on probation. A string of public records from various cities show a partial picture of Neale’s past, although whether he was actually convicted of all his past charges wasn’t immediately clear.
The warrant brought to the Murray County officer’s attention was issued in 2012, Bell said, and was related to the 2006 case out of Cherokee County.
Lt. Howard Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Neale was charged in July 2006 with burglary and assault in connection with an incident that left another man with lacerations on his head.
“He has been in and out of jail on probation violation numerous times,” Baker said of Neale. “I assume all the violation of probation (charges) stem from these charges, at least in Cherokee.”
According to information on the Georgia Department of Corrections website, Neale was convicted in Pickens County in 2002 for possession of marijuana and for having drug-related objects as well as for cruelty to children on an unlisted date. The site doesn’t specify the degree of child cruelty, a charge that can cover a range of acts from actual physical abuse and neglect to simply committing a misdemeanor crime in a child’s presence.
His incarceration history shows he was in prison for a few months each in 2002, 2007 and for about 10 months beginning in May 2009. Officials in Pickens County didn’t immediately return messages seeking more information on the charges from 2002.
In 2007, Neale was charged by the Georgia State Patrol with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to provide assistance, weaving, driving too fast for conditions and striking a fixed object, according to Daily Citizen archives. How that case was adjudicated wasn’t immediately clear.