On February 13, 2017, Tarik Williams, age 22, and Demetrius Heard, age 25, both of LaGrange, pled guilty to six counts of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act violations, one count of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute, one count of Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute, and one count of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute.
Pursuant to a negotiated plea with the District Attorney’s Office, Judge Emory Palmer sentenced Heard to 30 years to serve 10 years in prison and sentenced Williams to 40 years to serve 10 years in prison. The charges arose out of a March 3, 2016 incident in an apartment located on North Cary Street in LaGrange, during which officers with the LaGrange Police Department recovered narcotics, firearms, and drug-distribution paraphernalia. Heard and Williams were affiliated with the Bloods criminal street gang. One co-defendant remains awaiting trial on charges stemming from the incident.
The District Attorney’s Office would like to commend the LPD Special Investigations Unit investigators who investigated the case and Assistant District Attorney Jack Winne. When the evidence permits, the Troup County District Attorney’s Office, LaGrange Police Department, and Troup County Sheriff’s Office remain firmly committed to zealously prosecuting criminal street gangs and gang crimes in our community.