A 47-year-old Juliette man pleaded guilty Thursday to zapping a Bibb County deputy with the officer’s own Taser after a 2014 traffic stop.
On June 7, deputy Matthew Parker was in his patrol car, which was equipped with cameras that automatically scan car tags. At one point the camera scanned a tag that was flagged as being suspended, prosecutor John Regan said during a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
Parker pulled over the car near the intersection of Mercer University Drive and Pio Nono Avenue, but the driver took off running. Parker deployed his Taser, but the prong didn’t connect.
A fight ensued between the deputy and the car’s driver, Milton Horace Robinson Jr.
While Parker tried to “dry” zap Robinson, Robinson grabbed his hand and forced the Taser to shock the deputy, Regan said.
Parker was able to apprehend Robinson later, and he was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer.
Moments before his sentencing, Robinson told the judge he was scared because a friend had left a crack pipe in his car.
“I really panicked and made things worse,” he said.
Robinson was sentenced to two years in prison followed by eight on probation. He also must complete 80 hours of community service.
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