The trial for the Marietta restaurant owner who resorted to bomb threats to the Cobb and Cherokee courthouses in an effort stave off the foreclosure sale of his home was held in Cobb County last week. But even though it wasn’t a local case, there was a familiar face on the bench.
Douglas County Superior Court Judge William “Beau” McClain presided over the case because the threats involved calls to the courthouse in those counties. McClain was brought in to remove any conflict of interest.
Jody John Wilson, 45, of Woodstock, entered a guilty plea and received a negotiated sentence of 10 years, with one to serve and the rest on probation. Wilson was charged with four felony counts of making terroristic threats and giving false statements in connection with phoned-in threats on real estate foreclosure dates in January and May.
In both instances, no explosives were found. Reports indicate that Wilson admitted to Cobb investigators he was facing bankruptcy and that he made the threats to stop a foreclosure on his home in Cherokee County.
McClain accepted the plea, but declined to grant Wilson first-offender status and ordered that he pay $7,500 in restitution to Cherokee County, which called in additional officers to respond to the threats.