PONDERS SENTENCED TO TWENTY-FIVE YEARS FOR ASSAULTING OFFICER
October 4, 2016 (Dalton) – Cecil Andrew Ponders (36), formerly of 119 Fieldview Court, Chatsworth, was sentenced today to serve twenty-five years in prison without the possibility of parole on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, fleeing to elude a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a drug-related object. Ponders was sentenced by Superior Court Judge William T. Boyett following a jury verdict of guilty which was returned on August 24, 2016. Judge Boyett had ordered a pre-sentence investigation and Ponders was held in custody pending sentencing.
The aggravated assault occurred during a high-speed chase in which Ponders used his vehicle as a weapon to assault Sgt. Sean O'Mahoney of the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office. One patrol car was seriously damaged but fortunately and due to the intervention of Deputy Kenneth Henderson, also of the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. O'Mahoney escaped without serious injury. The State's case at trial and sentencing was presented by Assistant District Attorney Ben Kenemer who tendered five prior felony convictions of Ponders, including convictions for burglary, theft and drug offenses. Ponders was represented by local attorney Mike Corbin. Under Georgia law, a 4th or subsequent felony conviction of any kind requires that prison time ordered by the sentencing judge be served without the possibility of parole.
Conasauga Judicial Circuit