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Convicted felon gets 5 years for assaulting family trying to help

POSTED: March 10, 2014 9:07 p.m.

A once-convicted felon who pointed a shotgun at a family and led Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase is going back to prison.

Michael Cadle pled guilty to three charges of aggravated assault stemming from a September 2011 incident. Cadle received five years in prison plus 10 years of probation. He was indicted on more than a dozen charges, including possession of a firearm by a felon and three counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

On Sept. 10, 2011, a motorist stopped to help Cadle, who was in a single-car accident off Highway 30. Cadle pointed a shotgun at the driver and his two children. Later, as deputies approached, Cadle fled into the woods. He eventually was subdued with a taser. Deputies had been dispatched to the area on a reckless driver report.

Cadle had been sentenced twice to five years in prison for possession of methamphetamine. He was released in June for his second conviction. He also had a previous conviction for possession of marijuana, according to state Department of Corrections records.

Had he gone to trial and been convicted on all charges, Cadle faced a maximum of 115 years in prison.

Another man facing child porn charges pled guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children and one count of computer pornography and received 10 years of probation. Michael Keith Sutton entered his guilty plea and was sentenced by Judge William Woodrum on Feb. 19.

Sutton faced a maximum sentence of 60 years. He was charged with distributing four videos that depicted children in sexually explicit activity.

Another man accused of distributing sexually explicit material to a minor has pled guilty in Effingham County Superior Court but his sentencing has been delayed until April 23.

Michael Gilbert Rosales Jr. was indicted in January 2013 for computer pornography, obscene Internet contact with a child and distributing material depicting nudity or sexual conduct. Authorities claim he used an online service to contact an underage person Oct. 17, 2012.

Another man who could have faced life in prison for more than a half-dozen charges pled guilty last month in court and was sentenced to 25 years. Robert Jonathan Hart pled to one count of aggravated child molestation and one count of child molestation. He had been indicted for two counts of aggravated sodomy, two counts of aggravated child molestation and four counts of child molestation.

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