Bulloch County Grand Jury Indicts 4 on Contraband Charges

A Bulloch County Grand Jury recently indicted four individuals on contraband charges for an incident at the Bulloch County Correctional Institute. 

Robert Austin Jones, an inmate at Bulloch County Correctional Institute, and three others, all charged with Furnishing Prohibited Items to Inmates, were indicted by a Bulloch County grand jury. The indictment was published in open court last week

Jones was indicted on one count of Possession of Prohibited Items by Inmates. He is serving a seven year sentence for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Counterfeit Substances stemming from a 2016 incident in Laurens County. 

Also charged were Gregory Shane Grinstead of East Dublin, Kirk Thomas Hendrix of Claxton, and Angie Beasley Hendrix of Claxton. The indictment alleges that they furnished the prohibited items, that being tobacco, some time between April 22, 2024 and May 2, 2024 to Robert Jones without the authorization of BCCI Warden Robert Toole.

Jones faces an additional one to five years in prison, if convicted. 

Grinstead, K. Hendrix, and A. Hendrix all face one to five years in prison, if convicted of the felony offense, under Georgia law

As of Monday, June 10, none of the defendants other than Jones are behind bars.

  • Kirk Hendrix was booked into the Bulloch County Jail on May 2 and, according to Bulloch County Jail records, was released on his own recognizance. Court records show he is represented by Statesboro defense attorney Joey Cowart.
  • Gregory Shane Grinstead was booked into the Bulloch County Jail on May 8 and released on $5,000 bond.
  • Angie Beasley Hendrix was booked into the Bulloch County Jail on June 6 and later released on $5,000 bond.

Jones has since been transferred to Jenkins County Correctional Institute, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. Prior to this new charge, he was set to be released in April 2025.

The case is scheduled for arraignment later this month before Judge Lovett Bennett.

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and co-creator of of the Peabody Award-nominated podcast 'Prison Town.'

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