Shane Allan Netherly, 48, was sentenced to one year in prison, followed by nine years of probation, by Judge John Simpson. As a special condition of his probation, the man will be banished from Georgia, with the exception of Clayton County.
The man, who has several social networking profiles in which he describes himself with KKK titles such as “Imperial Kludd” and “King Kleagle,” waived extradition when arrested in June and was brought to Carroll County in July, where the 16-year-old victim lives.
Assistant District Attorney John Cunningham said Netherly and the victim met on a social networking site, and their relationship progressed to include phone calls and text messages.
Netherly allegedly sent nude pictures of himself and solicited nude pictures from the victim, who eventually sent them, Cunningham said.
During a statement to the judge, Netherly said he believed that he and the victim were “betrothed,” or engaged to be married.
“I never meant to hurt anybody,” Netherly told the judge, becoming emotional. “With all my heart, I’m deeply sorry.”
The defendant must also pay a $500 fine, as well as $1,000 in restitution to the victim. He has been given credit back to June 1, the date of his arrest, toward his incarceration.
In August, Netherly was denied bond by Judge Dennis Blackmon because of his criminal history in four states and the threat he posed to the community, Blackmon said.
Netherly had a $15,000 bond set for him earlier in August, but he and his attorney — public defender Julie Moore — came before the judge, requesting a bond reduction. Instead, Blackmon revoked the bond Netherly previously had.
Netherly had criminal history in Arizona, Kentucky, New Mexico and Colorado prior to his arrest for this charge.
“The way I see it,” Blackmon said in August, “four states have let you go already, and it’s not going to be on my watch for Georgia to be state number five.”
The victim’s mother made a statement before the court during August’s bond hearing, saying she was opposed to bond of any kind.
“More than just these charges, he’s threatened to kill my whole family, all the way down to my grandkids,” she said.
She said Netherly has ties to the KKK, saying he told her family members that he “knew of people” who could hurt them.
Also in Simpson’s court Tuesday:
• The man accused of shooting a gun into the air outside a local bar pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
Steven Brown Jr. was arrested in June after allegedly shooting at a crowd of people gathered outside Twisters in Carrollton the month before.
Brown was sentenced to two years in jail, followed by eight years of probation.
One man, Tommy Thompson, was grazed in the right forearm by a bullet and was later taken by friends to Tanner Medical Center with minor injuries. Thompson, who was walking on crutches at the time of the incident, was trying to get into the establishment when the shooting began.
Sgt. Blake Hitchcock with Carrollton Police Department said in May that there were issues involved among the people who had gathered.
“People weren’t getting along,” Hitchcock said. “And Thompson was an uninvolved person who paid the price.”
Thompson was the only person injured in the shooting.
• Two Temple residents, a couple in a relationship, both pleaded guilty to cruelty to children in the second degree. The two allegedly took prescription drugs, passed out in their home with the front door open and allowed the woman’s 3-year-old child to walk into the street.
Heather Lynn Caldwell, the mother of the child, was sentenced to three years of probation, and David Christopher Yates, her boyfriend, was sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years of probation.
Cunningham, who prosecuted Yates, said Temple police were called to the residence after a neighbor said a unclothed 3-year-old child was crying in the street on the night of May 25.
Police saw the couple’s door opened and observed the two lying down, with pill bottles scattered around them, Cunningham said. Caldwell was breathing but not responsive when responders arrived on the scene.
“Mr. Cunningham drafted this plea agreement in such a way that it addresses the obvious drug problems of the defendants,” said Assistant District Attorney Vincent Faucette, who prosecuted Caldwell.
The mother of the child was ordered to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and to attend parenting classes.