Elbert County Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

October 25, 2013
Willie Maxwell

Willie Maxwell

It’s going to be life in prison for an Elbert County man after being found guilty by a jury on Trafficking Cocaine charges.

According to Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorny Parks White, 51-year-old Willie Maxwell was arrested in October 2012.

“It was a road block and license check set up by the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Maxwell had an open container in his vehicle, which altered authorities he was breaking the law by committing a DUI”, said White. “After being arrested on a DUI charge, a trafficking level of cocaine was found in the center console of his vehicle.”

White said before the October 2012 incident, Maxwell had been convicted on more than three previous felony cocaine related charges.

After a three day trial, which began on Tuesday, Maxwell was found guilty yesterday.

The Honorable Judge Thomas Hodges sentenced Maxwell to life in prison.

Maxwell will have a chance for parole, but when that is will be at the Parole Board’s discretion said White.

Maxwell currently remains in the Elbert County Detention Center, and at this time it is unknown which prison he will be sent to.