A Macon Judicial Circuit Judge has rules the minimum sentence requirements for kidnapping unconstitutional based, in part, on the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Genarlow Wilson case. It also happened to be the judge’s last day on the job.
All kidnapping cases in the Macon Judicial Circuit are on hold after a Superior Court judge granted a new trial for a convicted kidnapper.
On the eve of his retirement, Judge Bryant Culpepper granted 30-year-old Christopher Adarryl Jones a new trial because he said the sentence, the most lenient allowed by law, was cruel and unusual punishment.
Culpepper compared the case to Genarlow Wilson’s 10-year sentence that was reversed Oct. 26 by the Georgia Supreme Court, stating,