It took a jury five hours to find Randall Pitts guilty of the lesser crimes of possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine — crimes that netted him a guaranteed prison stay of 12 years.
Pitts, 36, of 2407 Clover Lane was initially charged with sale, possession with the intent to sell and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly. His Friday convictions on the lesser-included charges meant the repeat offender fell under the three-strikes law. He'll serve every day of his 12 years and spend 18 years after that on probation.
"I feel the sentence was appropriate given his history," Kelly said.
Pitts frequented a trailer at Victory Trailer Park on Cusseta Road — an area rife with drugs, the prosecutor said. Police found it difficult to maintain their surveillance of the park, though they learned through a confidential informant that Pitts was linked to men in another trailer across from his.
"They had bought cocaine out of both trailers," Kelly said of the surveillance operation.
Pitts, Chance English, 29, and Kelcey Allen, 27, were arrested March 15. Pitts chose to go to trial Wednesday, and the verdicts came back Friday morning.
English and Allen were indicted on drug charges Sept. 9. Kelly said some three ounces of crack-cocaine were found in their trailer — enough to warrant a trafficking in cocaine charge for both of them.