Clinch man sentenced to prison, banishment for gang activities

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HOMERVILLE — A Clinch County man has been sentenced to prison and banished from the county after pleading guilty to drug and gang charges, according to the district attorney.

Damian Terrell Lovelady, 27, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and violating Georgia’s gang statute, according to a statement from the office of Alapaha District Attorney Dick Perryman.

Lovelady admitted to committing the crimes in the name of his criminal street gang the Bloods, according to court officials. 

Alapaha Circuit Judge Howard McClain sentenced Lovelady to 30 years with the first eight years to be served in the Georgia state prison system, according to the statement.

Upon his release from prison, Lovelady will be banished from the Alapaha Judicial Circuit — Clinch, Atkinson, Berrien, Cook and Lanier counties — for the rest of his sentence, the statement says. 

Lovelady will be subject to search by law enforcement at any time, will be subject to curfew and will be barred from being around other gang members, Perryman’s office said.

“I’m proud of this conviction and glad that we were able to send this dangerous man off. Lovelady committed crimes in the name of his gang and he will now serve eight years in prison for his actions. I hope this will serve as a reminder to others out there that my office will continue aggressive prosecution of violent crimes, drug dealers and criminal street gangs in our circuit,” Perryman said in the statement.  

“The Clinch County Sheriff’s Office did a great job in this matter, and we could not have secured this plea if it were not for their skillful investigation. I am especially proud of the hard work that Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Smith put into this case.”

Terry Richards is senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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