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2 charges dropped, but Decatur man gets 10-year sentence for drug, gun charges

2 charges dropped, but Decatur man gets 10-year sentence for drug, gun charges

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DECATUR — Charges of terrorism/making a false threat and being a felon in possession of a weapon were dismissed against Decatur man Ricko Blaylock Jr., but he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to unrelated drugs and weapons charges.

Blaylock, 31, had been arrested Aug. 6 on the terrorism and weapons charge after prosecutors accused him of using a knife to threaten a fellow kitchen employee at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Forsyth where they both worked.

Prosecutors said Blaylock, who had denied all charges, had later sent threatening text messages saying he would kill the other employee and would “shoot that (expletive) up.”

But the charges were dropped when Blaylock appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Feb. 21 in advance of a jury trial that had been scheduled for Feb. 24. At the same appearance, Blaylock had pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of a weapon by a felon, charges that were first filed in February 2019. He was sentenced to 10 years on the drugs charge and another 10 years on the weapons offense, the second sentence ordered to run concurrently with the first.

The sentencing was part of a deal negotiated by Blaylock’s attorney, Monroe McWard, that saw additional charges of armed violence and drug possession dismissed.

Commenting on the case Monday, Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said there were concerns about the strength of the evidence in the restaurant case and prosecutors were also swayed by the amount of prison time Blaylock was accepting on the drugs and weapons charges.

“If the guy is willing to take enough time to account for both cases in one case, there is no sense prosecuting in both cases,” Scott added.


Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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