Ramsbottom can be released from jail, judge rules

awomack@macon.comApril 24, 2013 

Ramsbottom

Macon businessman Billy  Ramsbottom Jr., center, leaves the Bibb County Courthouse with his attorneys in this file photo.

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A Bibb County judge released a probation hold that’s kept former Macon businessman Billy Ramsbottom in jail for more than two months.

Ramsbottom, 47, was jailed Feb. 13 on an alleged probation violation.

Prosecutors have said he first failed to report to his probation officer in spring 2012, shortly after he was sentenced in a case involving the embezzlement of $476,000 from his partners in a St. Simons Island shopping center.

Ramsbottom’s lawyer contends that his client had been placed on “call-in” status and was checking in with his probation officer.

Superior Court Judge S. Phillip Brown ruled that Ramsbottom can be released on “intensive probation” until a hearing next month in his case.

If found guilty of violating his probation, Ramsbottom may be resentenced because his current sentence of 10 years on probation was imposed treating him as a first offender.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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