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November 12, 2013

Two enter guilty pleas

VALDOSTA — Just before jury selection for trials that were slated to begin this week, two individuals, including a former Valdosta State Prison guard and a man previously convicted of arson, pled guilty to charges.

Bobby Lee Tippins, 45, was arrested in September 2011 and charged with two counts of child molestation, one count of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated molestation and one count of false imprisonment. Tippins was a guard at Valdosta State Prison at the time of his arrest and was denied bond by a magistrate judge.

Tippins pled guilty to two counts of child molestation Monday morning. He faces five to ten years in prison for each count and will be sentenced Dec. 16.

Lee Walter McKinney was charged in January and later convicted of arson after the burning of T&D Snack and Fashion on North Troup Street. The business was the site of a shooting that took the life of Alfred Pierre Bradley Jr., 24.

McKinney’s DNA was matched to a blood sample found at the scene of a Dec. 2012 burglary on Blitch Street, according to Cathy Helms, assistant district attorney. McKinney cut his hand on glass he had broken to enter the residence.

McKinney pled guilty Monday morning to burglary and will be sentenced Dec. 16. He faces up to 25 years in prison given that this is his third burglary conviction.

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