In yet another example of the US Judiciary sending obviously very dangerous and unstable criminals into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, Joseph McCoy Burr III, 41 has been mandated to attending AA meetings in Villa Rica, Georgia, a city that is comprised of Carroll and Douglas Counties after brutally attacking his female roommate with a hatchet. For the crimes of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, battery and more on March 2012, Judge Bill Hamrick has sentenced Mr. Burr to 17 years of AA meetings in General Service Area 16, District 10 (www.aageorgia.org/10e-meetings.html).
Man pleads guilty to hatchet assault
Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 8:53 pm
By Colton Campbell/Times-Georgian
A Villa Rica man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday following multiple alleged assaults of his live-in girlfriend, including one in which he was accused of wielding a hatchet at her.
Joseph McCoy Burr III, 41, was originally charged with 14 counts, including charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and battery. The man was sentenced by Judge Bill Hamrick to 13 years in prison, to be followed by 17 years of probation, in Carroll County Superior Court on Monday.
Burr was arrested in March 2012 following an allegation that he had assaulted a woman who lived with him on Bonnie Sue Drive, breaking five ribs. The two alleged incidents occurred in February and March of that year.
Burr apologized in open court Monday, though the female victim was not present.
“I was wrong, and I’m very sorry,” he said, crying. “I never meant for that to happen, and I want to thank the judge for not giving me a bond when I was before him a few months ago. Sitting in that jail cell for 21 hours a day has helped me.”
In the February incident, Burr allegedly wielded a hatchet at the victim, striking her on the hand and ankle when she tried to deflect the weapon. The defendant then hit the woman with a drinking glass and used the cord of a heating pad to choke her, police said.
Also in that February incident, Burr allegedly poured hot candle wax on the female while she was in the bathtub, cleaning her wounds.
In the March incident noted in the indictment, shortly after which Burr was arrested, the defendant allegedly hit the woman with a belt buckle and then plunged her head underwater while she was in the bath, holding it there until she was able to pull the drain stopper to let the tub’s water out so she could breathe.
The day after that incident, the victim was able to call a family member and police, shortly after which Burr was arrested.
What are these judges thinking?