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Warner Robins man gets life without parole for role in Middle Georgia drug organization

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MACON, Ga. -- A Warner Robins man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part in a "major" midstate methamphetamine and marijuana distribution organization.

A release from the US Department of Justice office for the Middle District of Georgia says 45-year-old Russell Todd Mathis got a mandatory life sentence because of his two previous drug convictions and that the federal system doesn't have parole.

Mathis was convicted on these charges on June 6. During trial, evidence showed that between July 2016 and October 2016 Mathis was a "customer" of Walter Williams, also known as "Bubba," of Lizella.

The release says Mathis bought methamphetamine from "Bubba" and distributed it to "a number of other distributors" throughout Middle Georgia.

During Mathis' trial, Williams said he distributed one or two pounds of methamphetamine to Mathis every week for 16 weeks.

Mathis was the only defendant in the distribution organization to go to trial - 11 co-defendants took guilty pleas and have already been sentenced.

“Bubba Williams was a major supplier in the Middle Georgia area for some time. Todd Mathis was his #1 distributor, and he was responsible for spreading a lot of this crystal poison in our community. It’s good to see local, state and federal law enforcement working together to take someone like him off the streets,” said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. “This might not stop the flow of methamphetamine to this area but it will slow it down for some time. It will take a while for someone else to come in and set up a network such as the one we have just dismantled.”

The Peach County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and Houston County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in this case. Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth S. Howard handled the prosecution of the defendants who have been sentenced, and Assistant US Attorney Jim Crane is handling Mathis' prosecution.

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