66-Year-Old Georgia Man Gets 20 Years for Road Rage Incident

June 15, 2024
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66-Year-Old Georgia Man Gets 20 Years for Road Rage Incident

🚨 The Gist: On June 10, James Ray Watkins, 66, of Tallapoosa, pled guilty to aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and hit and run in Haralson County Superior Court.

📜 The Details: Watkins’ guilty plea was part of a negotiated plea agreement related to a road rage incident on May 18, 2023. The altercation occurred on US Highway 27 near Walmart, where Watkins and the victim engaged in a verbal dispute that escalated. Watkins struck the victim with his vehicle, inflicting serious injuries.

📊 By The Numbers:

  • Incident Date: May 18, 2023
  • Plea Date: June 10, 2024
  • Age of Watkins: 66
  • Sentence: 20 years total, with 10 years to be served in confinement

👮 What You Can Do: Residents are urged to report aggressive driving and road rage incidents to local authorities to help maintain safety on the roads. Staying calm and composed while driving can prevent such altercations and ensure a safer environment for everyone.

🔜 What’s Next?: Watkins will begin serving his 10-year confinement, followed by 10 years under probation. The District Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement will continue their efforts to prosecute and prevent traffic-related offenses.

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