Charges dropped in Merry Acres shooting

ALBANY, Ga. — Charges have been dismissed against two men in connection with a Thanksgiving weekend armed assault at a Dawson Road motel, an Albany Police Department report states.

Travin Bryant, 19, was freed from the Dougherty County Jail while Sydney Kerlegon, 21, remained incarcerated on other charges, the report added.

Thomas Lee Bennett, 41, the shooting victim, was treated for his injuries and released from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on the weekend of the attack.

“Based on Further investigation of Albany Police Department Case ... that involved a shooting,” a request to the Magistrate Court to dismiss stated, “the investigation revealed that the incident was committed by someone other than these two individuals.”

The new information came to light during aggressive work on the case, said Phyllis Banks, APD spokeswoman.

Banks said, “The Merry Acres Motel shooting along with several additional armed robberies remain a part of an ongoing investigation with arrests pending.”

The charges on Kerlegon keeping him in jail include probation violation, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to the jail’s automated information system.

While investigating the shooting, officers executed a “high-risk” search aided by the Metro SWAT team on Nov. 26 at an 834 Seedling St. residence. At the residence they found marijuana, scales, drug packaging materials and a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun.

In Kerlegon’s vehicle at another undisclosed location, a .45-caliber handgun with ammunition was seized.


FryarTuk 2 years, 11 months ago

Well then, I withdraw my congratulatory remarks made to the PD when they arrested these 2. Now double down and get these rascals. Christmas is coming and these bums will be swarming like alley cats to tuna cans.


KaosinAlbany 2 years, 11 months ago

At least they caught one dope dealer. I hope they catch who did it too.


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