Edward Alvies was also before Wharton for sentencing following his conviction last month for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alvies asked the court to be lenient.

“I pray the court has mercy and is lenient,” Alvies said. “I have a drug problem.”

But Wharton said it is hard to do when Alvies has at least five felony convictions starting from the early 1990s with a range of charges such as the sale of cocaine, assault, theft and escape.

“The problem is you are asking for leniency but you have more than five felonies,” Wharton said.

Assistant district attorney Charles Hall said a plea offer was extended before trial but Alvies didn’t like it.

“He tried to dictate his sentence,” Hall said. “We offered (five years) to try to get into (the Community Corrections Program) but he did not qualify because of his prior felonies.”

Alvies tried to blame his attorney and others for not doing a good job for him.

Ultimately Wharton sentenced Alvies to eight years for the possession of a controlled substance and six months for the possession of drug paraphernalia to be served concurrently.

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.