A man on trial for resisting arrest, grabbing a Thomson Police officer’s gun and firing at officers was sentenced to 40 years June 27.
In a bench trial, Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond sentenced Timothy D. White Jr., 19, of the 100 block of Larkin Road in Dearing, to 40 years with the first 20 being in prison.
White was tried for four counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer as a result of a March 11, 2017 struggle with police at the Knox Terrance Motel and he grabbed an officer’s gun and the gun fired. White pleaded guilty to all four counts.
Kevin Majeska prosecuted the case, his last as an assistant district attorney in the Toombs Judicial Circuit. He moved to the Augusta District Attorney’s Office July 2 to be an assistant district attorney.
Majeska, in outlining the case against White, said in the early hours of March 11, 2017, the Thomson Police were dispatched to the hotel to investigate numerous hang-ups to 911 from a room occupied by White. The manager opened the room’s door to enable police to do a welfare check on the occupants. There also had been calls to 911 about disturbances in the area around the hotel.
The assistant district attorney said that when officers attempted to enter the motel room, White blocked the door and the situation escalated with police drawing their guns. The tension seemed to calm and as the officer closest to White attempted to holster his gun the scene turned volatile. “The defendant knocked the gun away from the officer, picked it up and pointed the gun at one of the officers and fired a round,” Majeska said. “Thank God he missed,” he said adding that the bullet was so close to hitting some of the officers and one officer suffered from ringing in the ears. “The bullet missed him by about eight inches,” said District Attorney Bill Doupe´.
A McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived on the scene as the incident was occurring and provided assistance. “He was familiar with that type of weapon and he was able to grab the slide of the weapon, use a technique that he knew to jam the weapon and prevent it from being fired again,” Majeska said.
White threatened the officers with death and also threatened to kill himself, the assistant district attorney said.
“This was a very dangerous incident,” Doupe´ said. “At the plea hearing, we came within inches of this being a death penalty case for killing a police officer,” he said.
Majeska and Doupe´ thanked law enforcement for being prepared for the cases heard June 25 and June 27 and assisting the district attorney’s office in representing the citizens of McDuffie County.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of McDuffie County and the entire Toombs Judicial Circuit,” Majeska said. “I thank Bill Doupe´ for the opportunity,” said Majeska in a goodbye.
Majeska’s contributions over the last 11 years will be missed, the district attorney said. “We will all miss Kevin. He is very sharp inside and outside the courtroom. I remember his beginning cases as a prosecutor to see where he has progressed now where he has tried murders, child molestations, trafficking cases, and very serious matters. He handled himself against some of the top lawyers in the CSRA. He holds his own and then some,” Doupe´ said.
Doupe´ said he is looking forward to the next prosecutor to join his team of assistant district attorneys and be as effective and productive in the courtroom as Majeska.