Tyler Walker Pitts, who fired at deputies in Lamar County  in 2016, following a high speed chase,  and was wounded in an ensuing gun battle, entered guilty pleas in Lamar superior court Monday and was given a long prison sentence by Superior Court Judge Tommy Wilson.

Following the chase with Lamar Deputies, The gun battle followed  that ended in Lamar County Sept. 8, 2016.

Pitts was hit several times by deputies rounds,  in the hail of bullets that followed his opening fire on the law enforcement officials.

Pitts was charged with three counts aggravated assault on a peace officer, obstruction, aggravated assault, fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Judge Wilson sentenced Pitts to 25 years in prison with an additional 10 years on probation.

After Pitts’ plea and several others, jury selection began for the trial of Jamorris Cole who is charged with aggravated assault, battery and false imprisonment in one case,  and sexual battery and simple battery in another. The first attempt to try him ended in a mistrial after he attempted to strike his public defender.

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The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has gone to a new standard uniform that has a different look from what you are accustomed to seeing.

After taking office, Sheriff Darrell Dix conducted a survey of deputies that covered ways of changing the image of the Sheriff’s Office, the work environment, and improving community relations. After compiling the answers, one of the leading responses was regarding uniform appearance. The almost unanimous opinion was that the current uniform was easily damaged beyond repair causing extra expense to replace, was uncomfortable, and was not durable. Based on the responses, Sheriff Dix formed a committee consisting of uniform patrol deputies and other deputies that wore a uniform daily, and they were tasked with the job of choosing a new look for the agency. The committee came up with options and narrowed them down to four (4) choices. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, “Once the choices were narrowed down we took photos of a deputy wearing each option and placed them on a ballot. The ballot was distributed and the deputies made their choice. The uniform they chose is more comfortable and more durable than what they were wearing, cost less, and could take the wear and tear that they are subjected to with minimal cost to replace. In purchasing the new uniforms, we sought out quotes from various vendors and in the end, we came up with a vendor that could furnish us with a quality uniform that cost about half of what the uniform we were wearing cost. The savings allowed us to buy new coats for the deputies and still have funds to get uniforms for new hires. We also designed and issued a new badge that pays homage to the past, while representing a move into the future.”

Sheriff Dix continued, “I believe that since the line deputies wear the uniform every day they needed a say in what it was. They now have ownership in it and will wear it proudly. That positive outlook and pride will be one of the small pieces that when combined with other changes we have made, and will continue to make, will translate in to a better relationship with the community and a better work environment for Spalding County Sheriff’s Office employees.”