South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-20-17 – 10:45 a.m. ET
Off to federal prison for a man who has kept Augusta area cops busy for a decade
By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-Owner, News Director
(Augusta, GA) – An Augusta man who has been arrested numerous times on cocaine and gun charges is off to federal prison tonight
35-year-old Michael Lavon Harden of Augusta, GA was sentenced to three years (36 months) in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randall Hall on Mon., Dec. 17, 2017.
The maximum sentence he could have received was 10 years in prison. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Harden pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm by a convicted felon involving a Beretta 92F Compact 9 MM pistol during a Dec. 12, 2016 incident in Richmond County
Judge Hall allowed a defense request he serve his time nearby:
In Feb. 2005, Harden, then 25, was sentenced by Richmond County Superior Court Judge William Fleming, Jr. to 10 days in jail, almost one year probation, fined $630 and had to perform 40 hours of community service plus graduate from a risk-reduction program.
In June 2008, Harden was indicted by a Richmond County Grand Jury for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, receiving stolen property, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
In Nov. 2009, Harden , then 30, of 120 East East Hall Street was indicted by a Richmond County Grand on two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime plus terroristic threats and first-degree criminal damage to property.
In June 2010, Harden and two others were arrested by Richmond County vice officers after a late night raid at a residence pm the 100 block of Greene Street during which agents searched the laundry room and seized two baggies of crack cocaine weighing a total 50 grams plus a gun.
In August 2010, Harden was indicted on cocaine trafficking charges by a Richmond County Grand Jury
202 Forsythe St, Augusta, GA
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WRDW TV-12 June 24, 2010
AUGUSTA, GA — Richmond County narcotics officers were busy last night. Multiple arrests ranging from possession of marijuana to trafficking cocaine and possession of MDMA (ecstasy) with intent to distribute. Some were charged with possession of firearms and others with obstruction.