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Badge and Bar: Defendant from HBO documentary returns to court

POSTED: June 19, 2014 12:57 a.m.

With recidivism rates high, judges might not remember each and every defendant they see at probation revocation hearings, although Judge Jason Deal said Wednesday he recognized Cory Campbell in court.

That’s because the 22-year-old was one of two men sentenced by Deal in a case preserved by an HBO documentary. “Gideon’s Army,” which premiered in July 2013, prominently featuring a Hall attorney.

One of the pivotal moments in the film’s narrative came when Senior Public Defender Travis Williams found out Campbell would testify against his client, 22-year-old Branden Lee Mullin, effectively sealing his decision to plead guilty in a 2010 armed robbery.

A conviction would mean a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence. Campbell and Mullin were accused of stealing at knifepoint $96 from a pizza delivery man, according to police.

Campbell was sentenced to 24 months to serve in jail in exchange for pleading guilty to lesser charges, while Mullin, who also pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of robbery by force, was sentenced to five years in prison.

The revocation proceedings came in light of a DUI arrest in May, and a court date has not been set on that charge.

Campbell is being held at the Hall County Jail.

Trial set in drug-trafficking case

Two Cumming residents indicted on charges of possessing more than $60,000 in methamphetamine and other drugs are tentatively set for a July trial.

Robert Charles Glover, 40, and Rhonda Lynn Travis, 50, were arrested Jan. 8 in the 3800 block of Mundy Mill Road, according to the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

Hall deputies and MANS agents found more than 600 grams of methamphetamine, Adderall, a prescription stimulant and controlled substance and MDMA, a psychoactive drug.

Agents also found scales, packaging materials and a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Both face six felony weapon and drug charges: trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of MDMA with the intent to distribute, possession of Adderall with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Glover and Travis are being held without bond at the Hall County Jail.

Man requests bench trial in armed robbery

The attorney for a Gainesville man accused of armed robbery in a home invasion made a motion Wednesday for a trial before a judge.

Cuba Alaska Martin III, who is being held at the Hall County Jail, has also since his arrest been charged with public indecency in connection with allegedly exposing himself to a female corrections officer in May.

Martin, 24, is charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and first-degree burglary. Co-defendant Quintilis Deon Davenport, 24, was charged with robbery by force, first-degree burglary, aggravated battery and false imprisonment in the Feb. 21, 2013, incident at Lake Lanier Club Apartments.

According to the police report, the suspects used a handgun, assaulted the victim, tied him up, then stole items including a TV, cellphone, Xbox, watch and marijuana.

Both men are being held at the Hall County Jail.

Emma Witman covers public safety issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:

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