Conspirators in the sex trafficking of a teenage girl got a break Tuesday from extremely long sentences recommended under federal sentencing guidelines, but they still will spend years in federal prison.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. agreed with the defense attorneys and prosecutor that the defendants deserved what is called in federal court a “sentencing downward departure.”
Charlie Castillo, 32, whom Bowen described as the most egregious of the group that exploited a 16-year-old girl, was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
A top U.S. Army official visited Fort Gordon on Tuesday for a private meeting to address local and state leaders about the post’s future.
Katherine Hammack, the Army’s assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, spoke at a breakfast meeting of the Association of the United States Army’s Fort Gordon chapter. CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon Executive Director Thom Tuckey, who circulated an e-mail to community stakeholders encouraging attendance, said the meeting was not open to the media.
An ordinance calling for a 1.75-mill property tax increase was shot down by the Augusta Commission on Tuesday, pleasing dozens of jubilant taxpayers who attended the meeting to voice their discontent with the city for its inability to balance its budget through other means.
After nearly two hours of debate, preceded by a public hearing in which residents voiced their opposition, the motion to pass the ordinance on third reading failed. Commissioners Bill Fennoy, Corey Johnson, Bill Lockett and Marion Williams voted in favor of the ordinance.
North Augusta’s Project Jackson is moving forward.
South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit challenging a riverfront development that includes a new baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets, according to North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover.