‘Sovereign citizens’ to serve prison time
by From staff reports
March 08, 2014 12:00 AM | 2930 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Susan Lorraine Weidman
Susan Lorraine Weidman
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Matthew Lowery
Matthew Lowery
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MARIETTA — Two “sovereign citizens” have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for violating Georgia’s racketeering and corruption laws by trying to take control of homes they did not own in Fulton, DeKalb and Forsyth counties.

On Friday, Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole sentenced Susan Lorraine Weidman, 52, of Kennesaw to 40 years, with 20 years to serve in prison and the rest on probation. Weidman told the court the situation “was a failure to communicate between me and law enforcement.”

A codefendant, Matthew Lowery, 29, of Alpharetta was sentenced as a recidivist to 20 years, with 10 years to serve in prison.

Last Friday, jurors convicted Weidman on three counts of racketeering violations, and Lowery on two racketeering violations.

Deputy Chief ADA John Melvin, who prosecuted the case, told the court “Weidman, as the ringleader, brought a lot of pain to a lot of people. You see a pattern of activity over several years in which Ms. Weidman refuses to get it.”

Judge Poole told Weidman that her actions were nothing but thievery and burglary.

“This was no experiment,” Judge Poole said. “You had folks breaking into houses, changing the locks and outright thieving. It was just incredulous to me that a citizen could think she could get away with this.”

In January, a Kennesaw father and son who were indicted in the same case pleaded guilty. Giulio Glenn Greye, 61, was sentenced to five years, with two years to serve in prison. Ian Greye, 34, was sentenced to 10 years, with two years to serve in prison.

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March 08, 2014
Now she gets to try out that "imprisonment" experiment.
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