District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee received a request from Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver to drop the charges against Publisher Mark Thomason and Attorney Russell Stookey. Sosebee will not prosecute and filed a nolle pros this morning, July 7th in the Pickens County Court system and awaits a judge’s signature. Judge Weaver cites reasons in letter below:
Fannin Focus Publisher Mark Thomason and his attorney Russell Stookey were arrested late Friday afternoon and transported to the Pickens County Jail. Earlier in the day a Pickens County Grand Jury indicted Thomason on 1 Count of Identity Fraud, 1 count of Attempt to Commit Identity Fraud, and 1 count of Making a False Statement. Thomason’s Attorney, Russell Stookey of Hiawassee Georgia was also indicted for 1 count of Identity Fraud and 1 count of Attempt to Commit Identity Fraud. Thomason’s booking report is below, Stookey’s booking report will be published when available.