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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESI)AY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 Florala Police Department ARREST REPORT The Florala Police Department re- ported the following arrests for Aug. 28 - September 4, 2018: Denorris L. Watkins - driving trn- der influence ***All subjects listed above are in- nocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The Andalusia chapter of Old Three Notch Daughters of the American Revolution member s (a non-political volunteer women's service organ:za- tion that promotes patriotism, preserving Ameri- can history, and better education) spent Satur icy in Florala painting six fire hydrants in patri)tic A Covington County jury spent less than an hour deliberating last week before finding Donovan Kirk Spenard (52), of Andalusia, AL, and his son, Joseph Spenard, (25), also of Andalusia, guilty of Theft of Property I. The case was presided over by Circuit Judge Lex Short. The two men were arrested by the Andalusia Police Department for an Oc- tober 10, 2015, theft at 223 Walker Avenue in Andalusia. The trial was pros- ecuted by District At- torney Walt Merrell. Merrell said he hoped "this will send a mes- sage to all the thieves in the County. We won't tolerate stealing." Da- vid Baker of Opp rep- resented Kirk Spenard and Benton Persons of Andalusia represented Joseph Spenard. During the two day trial, the state called four eye witnesses, all of whom were at the house on Walker Av- enue when the theft oc- curred. Each testified that the victim, Tom Crowell, purchased a gun from a third party. The evidence showed that Kirk Spenard made contact with Crowell to purchase the gun, alleg- ing it had been stolen from his friend. Crow- ell agreed to meet Spe- nard and try to "right the wrong" because, as Crowell indicated in his testimony, if the gun was stolen he wanted to get it back to its rightful owner. On October 10, 2015, the two Spenards ar- rived at the Walker Av- enue residence under the pretense of buying the gun. The testimony revealed that shortly after their arrival, Jo- seph Spenard grabbed the gun and fled from the residence. The el- der Spenard remained at the residence mo- mentarily, blocking the door to prevent anyone from pursuing his son, and then warned the witnesses, "Let this be a lesson to you. And if we see each other after this, I might give you a head nod, but we don't know each other." "This was a very vol- atile situation," Merrell observed. "I am thank- ful no one was shot or killed during the course of this crime." After the jury found the Defendants guilty, the Court had to recon- vene the jury for them to determine if there were aggravating factors that would allow the judge to exceed the sentencing requirements set forth by the Alabama Pris- on Reform Act, or the Justice Reinvestment Act, as some refer to it. Merrell added that the jury had to determine whether Joseph was on probation at the time he committed this crime, and whether Kirk was the "leader or organiz- er" of the crime. "Both of those things are re- quired by this piece of legislation in order for the Judge to sentence as he thinks appropri- ate. In other words, we had to have a separate trial so that the jury could, if nothing else, tell us what we all al- ready knew - that Jo- seph was on probation, and that Kirk was the brain behind the opera- tion." Merrell said those additional proceedings took the matter into the evening and that court adjourned about 6 pm Tuesday. colors. This group wants to paint Covington Coun- ty the most patriotic place in Alabama. The Florala City Council approved the project for this area at their last meeting. Sponsors are needed to assist with paint costs ($60). For any)ne who would like to become a sponsor, forms car be picked up at Florala City Hall. Covington County has also given the group per- mission to paint hydrants outside the limits of a municipality. One of those was also painted Satur- day by the group. Theft of Property I is a Class B felony nor- mally punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison for a first time offense. However, because of the hmitations imposed by the Prison Reform Act, the Judge would have been limited to a maximum of 5 years and one month for Kirk Spenard, and a maxi- mum of 9 years and 7 months for Joseph Spe- nard. Merrell advised that "the jury found both aggravating fac- tors do apply, and now, because these men both have considerable crim- inal records, the Judge is free to sentence each of them to something much more significant if he so chooses." Because of their prior felony con- victions, both men now face up to Life in prison. Sentencing is set for Oc- tober 17, 2018. 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