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Home Invasion Case: Bulloch Jury Acquits on Most Serious Charges But State Prevails on Lessers

A Bulloch County jury last week found a man not guilty of a number of violent offenses, but convicted him of three ‘lesser’ offenses.

Detectives with the Statesboro Police Department took out warrants against Albert Gustavas Weaver in October 2019 after what they say was a violent home invasion on Pine Street. According to court documents, Weaver allegedly entered a home on Pine Street in Statesboro and pointed a pistol at two females, both of whom he reportedly told he would ‘shoot up the residence.’

A grand jury indicted Weaver on eight felony counts in December 2019, including two counts of Aggravated Assault, Home Invasion, two counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and two counts of Battery. Weaver allegedly punched one female in the face and allegedly choked a second female in addition to punching her in the face. 

In December 2019, Weaver retained Jesup criminal defense attorney Kimberly Copeland. Copeland unsuccessfully sought bond three times for Weaver over the course of the three years leading up to his trial and he remained behind bars for the duration. The District Attorney’s Office opposed bond for Weaver who is a five time convicted felon with drug charges dating back to 1998. At the time of his arrest, he also had two other pending felony cases in Bulloch County Superior Court at the time of his arrest. 

After a multi day trial last week, a jury failed to convict Weaver on the majority of the charges on which he was indicted by the District Attorney’s Office. 

The jury last week returned a verdict as follows:

In late 2021, prosecutors announced their intention to seek recidivist sentencing parameters. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Weaver’s other two felony cases are still pending in Bulloch County Superior Court. He also acquired a Riot in a Penal Institution charge while in the Bulloch County Jail.

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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. 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, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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