Please keep in mind that this case is pending prosecution, so under the Georgia Open Records Act, only the Initial Incident Report which prompted the subsequent investigation is available at this time. Other evidence pertaining to the arrest is not subject to release until court proceedings have concluded.
Additional records were obtained Thursday regarding the case of the Screven County employee arrested for providing a cell phone to a Screven County Correctional Institute inmate working at the courthouse on a work detail.
TGV News obtained the Initial Incident Report from the Sylvania Police Department, which indicates the investigation began back in October.
The inmate found to be in possession of the contraband cell phone is identified as Santonyo Monteza Boyd.
According to GDC records, Boyd is serving a ten year sentence, which began in January 2022, for Trafficking Methamphetamine. The 48-year-old was convicted in Troup County in West Georgia. Boyd was serving time at SCCI, however, he has since been transferred to Wilcox State Prison in Abbeville. It is also a medium security facility, but of a much larger size, housing upwards of 1,800 inmates.
Boyd’s criminal record in Troup County included the following:
(All of this information was obtained via public portals available to anyone, free of charge, as they’re public records)
2014 & 2015 – 2 separate instances of Driving While a License Was Suspended/Revoked
2017 – Theft by Taking (Felony) – Boyd pleaded guilty to taking $8,000 worth of aluminum wheels and tires from a business. He was sentenced to a sentence of 5 years probation under the First Offender Act. Had he completed his sentence successfully, the charge would have been scrubbed from his record as if it did not occur.
2018 – Battery (Family Violence – misdemeanor) & Criminal Trespass – Boyd pleaded Nolo Contendre to striking a woman with whom he shared a child and for damaging her cell phone in their shared home. He was sentenced to 12 months on probation for each charge, to be served consecutively.
2019 – Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officer (misdemeanor) & Violation of a Family Violence Protective Order – Boyd pleaded guilty to Obstruction, because he ran from the police after being given an order to stop, and for violating the protective order ‘in a non-violent manner.’ He was ordered to serve 12 months in jail followed by 24 months on probation.
2019 – Simple Battery (Family Violence – misdemeanor) & Violation of a Family Violence Protective Order – Boyd pleaded guilty to pushing a woman with whom he shared a child and violating the protective order. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail for each offense, to run consecutively.
2020 – Violation of a Family Violence Protective Order – Boyd pleaded Nolo Contendre to contacting a woman with whom he shared a child, while a TPO was in place. He was sentenced to 12 months in the county jail. 2020 – Trafficking Methamphetamine – Boyd pleaded guilty to possessing a trafficking amount – 28 grams – of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 10 years to serve and a $2,000 fine.
Will the Inmate Also Be Charged?
Contraband cases for inmates housed by the Georgia Department of Corrections can be handled by the Georgia Department of Corrections Criminal Investigations Division or the investigating agency, in this case, the Sylvania Police Department.
Warrants were issued for Boyd’s role as well, but have not yet been served on him since he is now housed in Wilcox State Prison, approximately 125 miles from Sylvania. Because they have not been served, they are not available for public review.
A call was placed to the Warden at Screven County Correctional Institution to see if GDC would also be pursuing charges, however, it was not returned prior to publishing.