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Man sentenced to life in jail for sale of cocaine

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Posted: February 21, 2007 5:26 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    Looking at Johnny Lee Walker's criminal record that stretches back to 1976,  Bulloch County Superior Court Judge Gates Peed recently sentenced Walker to life in prison as a recidivist.
    Walker, 49, Youngblood Road, faced Peed Dec. 20 during a jury trial on drug charges stemming from Operation Perseverance, a cocaine sting Feb. 28, 2006 that was aimed at street-level crack dealers. The bust netted 35 suspects, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
    Walker was found guilty Dec. 20 of sale of crack cocaine, and sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a housing project, he said. The location of the arrest was Mikell Street.
    Barclay Black, Assistant District Attorney with the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, asked Peed to sentence Walker as a recidivist due to "numerous past convictions for sale and possession of cocaine, convictions for other crimes," York said.
    Peed sentenced Walker to "a life sentence for sale of cocaine and 20 years (consecutive) for sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a housing project," he said.
    According to the Georgia Department of Corrections web site (www.dcor.state.ga.us), Walker's first prison sentence began in 1976, when he served three years and seven months of a 10-year sentence for an armed robbery conviction in Bulloch County.
    He served  more sentences between 1984 and 2005, for charges including DUI, drug charges, entering auto and criminal interference with government property.
    Walker was taken to the Bulloch County Jail after sentencing to await placement in a correctional facility, York said.
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