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Man convicted of sex crimes against child
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Christian Weir

COVINGTON, Ga. — A Conyers man was found guilty this week of sex crimes against a child in Newton County.

Christian Damone Weir was found guilty on Wednesday of aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, attempted rape and child molestation in a trial in Newton County Superior Court.

Weir was arrested May 24, 2017, in Newton County according to Covington News records.

Presiding Senior Judge Michael E. Hancock gave Weir a life prison sentence followed by 25 years of probation. He would have to register as a sex offender if he is released on parole.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Amber Bennett and Assistant District Attorney Bailey Simkoff prosecuted the case with the assistance of Victim Advocate Shay Payne and investigator Josh Shumate.

The Newton County district attorney’s office also announced two convictions during jury trials this week.

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Joshua Wisner

Stephanie Claverie admitted to the theft of more than $1,000 from her employer. She pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by taking after a jury was selected, but before the trial began.

Hancock sentenced Claverie to probation and weekend confinement, plus restitution. She also will not be allowed to work in a fiduciary capacity.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Patrick prosecuted the case with the assistance of Senior Investigator Jill Lumpkin and Victim Advocate Cindy Hooper.

Joshua Wisner, of Jackson, also was convicted of theft by taking. Judge Samuel D. Ozburn sentenced him to probation and weekend confinement, and ordered restitution.

Patrick prosecuted the case with assistance from Lumpkin and Victim Advocate Gabriela Arredondo.