In Upson Superior Court Monday, Chief Judge Chris Edwards heard the cases of Terrell Searcy and Telly Wyche, who were accused of burglary and aggravated battery for breaking into the home of Aubrey Hall, a retired sergeant with the Thomaston Police Department, in February of 2012. Searcy pled guilty to burglary and aggravated battery on a person over the age of 65 and was sentenced to 35 years, 25 to serve. Wyche pled guilty to burglary and was sentenced to 15 years, five to serve.
On February 5 of last year, Hall, 87, returned to his home at 101 Zorn Road after church to find two black males inside. When he confronted the two men, he was punched in the nose by one, who was later identified by Hall as Searcy, before they fled by car. Hall’s nose was fractured and he had to be taken to Macon Medical for surgery and then spend many months in rehabilitation.
Assistant District Attorney Ben Coker told the court that Searcy has shown no regard for human life or property and also has several offenses on record for entering autos, robbery and burglary, beginning in 1997. Coker also noted that the courts tried to rehabilitate Searcy as a juvenile, but to no avail and were also unable to during the three years he served in prison for felony burglary. Crimes against people over the age of 65 carry a heavier punishment as well. Therefore, Searcy was sentenced to 35 years in prison with 25 years to serve followed by 10 years probation.
When indicted in December of 2012, Wyche pled not guilty to the charges of aggravated battery and burglary and intended to go to trial by jury this week. However, he decided to plead guilty to one count of burglary just before jury selection was finalized and received the sentence of 15 years in prison with five years to serve followed by 10 years probation.