Georgia Top Court Tosses Plea in Manslaughter Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has thrown out a
Lowndes County man's guilty plea for his role in the death of his
mother.

In 2004, a Lowndes County grand jury charged Milton Wilson with
murder for the death of his mother, Josephine Tyler. He was also
charged with illegal possession of hydromorphone, or Dilaudid, with
intent to distribute.

In a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Carol Hunstein,
the high court said Monday that Wilson's guilty plea to voluntary
manslaughter and drug charges was invalid because he did not make
it with full knowledge of his constitutional rights.

At a mass plea hearing in February 2005, Wilson joined 20 other
defendants in pleading guilty. He is serving 13 years in prison.
The high court's ruling throws out his conviction.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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