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Former jail detention officer sentenced for selling drugs

— A judge ordered sobbing and crying 27-year-old former Dougherty County Jail guard Granvil Smith to serve five years of a 10-year sentence in prison Wednesday.

Smith’s sentence followed his guilty pleas to possession of Oxycontin and Xanax, violating a public officer’s oath of office and misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall did not soften the blow, saying that the bar for behavior is higher for law enforcement officers who have sworn to protect the public.

“This is all about Mr. Smith or arrogance and ego. He thought he was smart enough to pull it off and get away with it,” Marshal said. “You have given inmates a reason to distrust law enforcement, the court and the whole legal process.”

Marshall then sentenced Smith to at least five years in prison on each of three counts to be served concurrently. Because a 16-month-old child was present during the drug deal, the judge gave 12 months concurrent on the misdemeanor.

Once Smith is released from prison, he must not violate the terms of his five-year probation, or he will be returned to prison to serve the remaining time.

Assistant District Attorney Brumby Montgerard had asked for a three- to five-year sentence. But Dougherty County Sheriff’s Col. John Ostrander, the jail’s director, said he liked the tougher sentence.

“I am pleased with the sentence. In law enforcement we have volunteered to live to a higher standard,” Ostrander said. “Once someone betrays their oath, it reflects on all of us. We have to carry the public trust.”

Smith was arrested with his brother, Jamal Smith, in May 2010 attempting to sell drugs to undercover Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents. Jamal Smith’s case has yet to be tried.

According to courtroom testimony: The brothers’ mother dated a drug dealer who left the prescription painkiller at her home.

Granvil and Jamal Smith hit on the idea of selling the drugs. A jail guard at the time, Granvil Smith asked an inmate if he would like to buy the drugs. The inmate was a CI, or confidential informant. While the inmate declined the drugs, he told Granvil Smith he did have friends who wanted to buy them.

The inmate helped set up a meet to buy the drugs on the 400 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard.

Jamal Smith, who had the drugs with him, drove a white Chevrolet Impala to pick Granvil Smith up at the jail. Granvil Smith jumped into the Impala wearing his uniform. The brothers picked up an unidentified woman and the child on the way to the drug sale meeting.

The brothers were arrested by waiting undercover Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents at the meeting.

Before he was sentenced, friends spoke to the judge on Smith’s behalf and said they hoped for probation.

Outside the jail courtroom after sentencing, the four friends shed tears. One had vulgar epithets for the judge and an Albany Herald reporter.

Comments

VSU 2 years, 3 months ago

No wonder people kept committing crimes to get back in jail. They wanted to buy some more of his drugs.

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whattheheck 2 years, 3 months ago

He thought he had a "captive trade" arrangement. :)

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Cartman 2 years, 3 months ago

You'd be surprised at the drugs and cell phones in jails and prisons.

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 3 months ago

Way to go Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall,there is hope out there.Thank you,you have restored alittle bit of my faith in the system.And that means alot to me.God Bless.

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VietVet1 2 years, 3 months ago

"sobbing and crying 27-year-old former Dougherty County Jail guard Granvil Smith to serve five years of a 10-year sentence in prison Wednesday" LOL that is too funny. Should serve the full 10-year since he was a crooked jail guard.

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MRKIA 2 years, 3 months ago

I'LL BET HE THOUGHT HE WAS THE BIG BOSS AT THE JAIL BUT DIDN'T MAN UP IN THE END, CRYING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL. THERE ARE SEVERAL CRIMINALS WORKING IN THE JAIL. TRY DRUG TESTING THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Judge Marshall. We appreciate your tough sentence to this low life.

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Jacob 2 years, 3 months ago

Too bad judges aren't held to that same high standard in Albany. Five years jail for trying to sell pain pills when you are a cop, and anger management classes and free pass for committing aggravated assault on your wife with a beer bottle in front of numerous sworn police officers at a drunken party when you are a judge. Nice. .....That's Awbenny for you.

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