Monroe man gets life sentence for child molestation

Marcus Washington: Photo Courtesy of Walton County Sheriff’s Office

On Oct. 12 2015, Marcus Washington was arrested by Monroe Police Department following a search warrant and charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child. This week, he received a life sentence with the first 15 years to be served in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to those charges. According to the Walton County District Attorney’s office, he also will have to register as a sex offender.

“By entering this plea, Washington admitted guilt and a child victim did not have to testify and relive the crimes. This resolution brings justice and closure to the victim,” the Walton County District Attorney’s office wrote on its Facebook page.

The case was prosecuted by Chief ADA Randy McGinley, Victim Services Director Kim Kelly, and Investigator Eric Yarbrough. The Walton County District’s Attorney’s Office is a member of the Alcovy District Circuit Court.

David Barnes: Photo courtesy of Walton County Sheriff’s Office

In a separate case, David Barnes also entered a guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine, two counts of felony obstruction of an officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Barnes was arrested by the Walton County Sheriff’s office in September 2015. He received 25 years to serve the first 10 years in prison “based on the facts of the case and his criminal history,” the Walton County District Attorney’s Office noted on its Facebook page. Barnes waived his 4th amendment rights. This case was prosecuted by ADA Nicole Roddenbery and Investigator Eric Yarbrough and was investigated by WCSO.

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