Press Release - On Fri., Feb. 11, Billie Jo Treadway, of Cowart Circle, Adel, pleaded guilty as a party to the crime of armed robbery in two separate cases in Cook Superior Court. Both armed robberies were committed by her husband, Jason Treadway, on May 8, 2009. Jason Treadway used an ice pick to rob James "Buster" Statum at Buster's Game Room in Sparks, Georgia around noon on May 8, then stabbed him multiple times causing Mr. Statum's death. Billie Jo was not charged with Mr. Statum's murder because there was no evidence she ever entered the game room.
Later on May 8, 2009, at approximately 10 PM, Jason Treadway robbed the Mega Mart store in Adel, Georgia using Mr. Statum's gun. Billie Jo entered the store before Jason and drove the get-away car after this crime. Both Jason and Billie Jo were caught in Tifton a few hours later. Jason Treadway pled guilty to Mr. Statum's murder as well as the Mega Mart armed robbery back in July 2010, and received life without the possibility of parole, plus 30 years to serve consecutively.
Billie Jo faced a jury trial on Monday, Feb.14. She was sentenced by visiting Senior Judge J. Richard Porter of Cairo, Georgia to life in prison on each case. DA Cathy Helms prosecuted the case. Treadway was represented by Adel attorney Daniel Connell.
Many of the victim's surviving family members were present at the plea and sentencing. They expressed tremendous gratitude to the law enforcement officers who worked so hard to solve this case so quickly, as well as to the DA's Office staff who supported them throughout the ordeal.
DA Helms praised the superb investigative work of the GBI Special Agent Amy Braswell, Adel Police Department Investigator David Moore, and Cook County Sheriff's Department Detective Brent Exum, stating "their quick work on this case insured that both defendants were in custody within 24 hours, both defendants gave full confessions, and evidence gathered at the scenes provided proof beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes charged."