Georgia supreme court upholds Bibb man's life sentence for drugs

A Bibb County man will stay in prison after the Georgia Supreme Court upheld his drug conviction.

Last year a court set aside Darion Barker's life sentence for a 1996 conviction on cocaine possession because he was sentenced as a repeat offender based on his own guilty pleas in prior offenses.

The habeas court, which allows prisoners to challenge their incarceration in the county where they are serving time, concluded Barker did not intelligently or voluntarily enter those guilty pleas.

The high court reversed that decision stating evidence did not show a miscarriage of justice or substantial denial of constitutional rights.

The state argued that Baker did not challenge his 1993 and 1994 guilty pleas at the time of his 1996 trial on charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and obstruction of an officer. His jury conviction resulted in the life sentence without parole.