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News Otto couple sentenced in death of their son

Franklin Kelly Pruitt (L) and Kathy Paulette Pruitt (R)Last Wednesday, Judge Bradley B. Letts sentenced Frank Kelly Pruitt, 63, to an active sentence of eight to 10 years for the 2012 second degree murder of Pruitt’s son, James Robert Pruitt, 34.

"There are no winners at the conclusion of these proceedings because the fact remains that two parents played an active part in the death of their son,” said Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland of the ruling. “Their poor decisions and their actions created a great loss for their whole family especially their grandchildren. This tragedy could have been prevented if the adults involved would have acted like responsible adults. If Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt would have taken advantage of the opportunity to be good parents they would not be residing in our state's prison and their grandchildren would still have their father."

Frank Pruitt pled guilty to second degree murder, assault by pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor.

During the Macon County Superior Court hearing, Judge Letts also sentenced Frank’s wife and the victim’s mother, Kathy Paulette Pruitt, 55, to 20 to 36 months in prison in action to two 60-day sentences that were suspended in lieu of 18 months of probation. Kathy Pruitt plead guilty to solicitation to commit assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault on a government official, resisting a public officer, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor, and simple assault.

With both Frank and Kathy serving jail time since their July 2012 arrest, they each have more than 600 days credit for time served.

Prosecutors declared they would not seek the death penalty for the Otto couple in September 2012 in Superior Court headed by Judge Charles Ginn.

According to reports from the July incident, deputies with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 1920 Coweeta Lab Road between 7:30 and 8 p.m. on Sunday July 8, in response to complaints of a domestic disturbance and possible gunplay. Upon arrival officers discovered the victim, who was identified onsite as 34-year-old Robert Pruitt.

The 9-1-1 call placed by Frank Pruitt the day of the incident claimed that James Robert Pruitt was intoxicated. During the original dispatch call, Frank Pruitt referenced that his son, whom he said was drunk, was on his property “with an AK47” in his driveway. “I’m going to kill that son of a b--- ,” he said in the call. “Get the law out here now!”

When officers arrived on scene, they found James Robert Pruitt had been shot. He was rushed to Angel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Original reports declared that at least three children between the ages of two and 14, including the children of the victim, were reportedly on scene and witnessed the shooting.


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