District Attorney
 
COBB JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 
 
 

Vic Reynolds


About Vic

Vic Reynolds was born and raised in Rome, Ga., and is a graduate of Floyd County public schools. In 1979 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro.

After graduating, Vic returned to Rome, where he was in law enforcement for four years. In 1986, Vic graduated from law school at Georgia State University and began prosecuting felony cases as an assistant district attorney in Fulton and Cobb counties. He was a prosecutor in Cobb when he was appointed as Chief Magistrate in 1994. Vic won election to a full term as Chief Magistrate in 1996, earning 72 percent of the vote. As Chief Magistrate, his duties included presiding over the Cobb County Drug Court. He left the bench in 1999 and began practicing criminal-defense law.

In July 2012, Vic was chosen by voters as the Republican nominee for District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and he won the office without opposition in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election.

He and his wife, Holly, who is also from Rome, have two daughters.

How to protect a defendant’s Constitutional right to counsel


Chief ADA Don Geary has published an article offering a method to protect a criminal defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to competent defense counsel.

Mr. Geary notes that the number-one appellate issue for those convicted of a crime is ineffective assistance of counsel. This problem is further complicated when some defense lawyers swear under oath, in case after case, that they were ineffective for a client and that their client's criminal conviction should be reversed.

Though there is little, if any, cost to that lawyer for claiming their incompetence, the costs to taxpayers are enormous. Some of these costs include additional financial costs for additional trials, a judicial system that is further backed up due to the requirement to retry the case, and a delay to other citizens to get their day in court. Meanwhile, the defense lawyers – some of whom eagerly admit they were ineffective – continue to accept new clients without any repercussions. Even worse, many of those clients are indigent and have no choice but to accept the counsel appointed to them.

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Cobb County Cold Case unit is awarded federal grant


Sept. 26, 2014 – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds is pleased to announce that the Cobb County Cold Case Unit has won a federal grant worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help finance the unit for 24 months.

The District Attorney’s Office applied for the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, in May, and was recently notified of the $246,814 award.

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Smyrna man to serve 10 years for injuring Sheriff's deputy


Sept. 16, 2014 ­– Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Smyrna man will be returning to prison after pleading guilty to assaulting a Sheriff’s deputy, DUI, and other charges.

Joseph Brandon Vanderkooi, 31, admitted that on the afternoon of Oct. 25, 2013, he was driving while under the influence of drugs when his vehicle hit another vehicle near the intersection of Austell and Windy Hill roads and he fled the scene.

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Four defendants facing 3,736 charges in $2 million tax scheme


Aug. 28, 2014 -- Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that the Cobb Grand Jury today indicted four people in a massive tax fraud scheme.

Shannon Jay Bradley, 35; Shelronda Kay Bingham, 44; Shanese Machelle Lewis, 42; and Risha Michelle Hardin, 36, are each charged with a total of 3,736 counts in the indictment, including identity fraud, computer theft, computer forgery, burglary, evidence tampering, money laundering, and racketeering.

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Husband is headed back to prison for beating wife


Aug. 22, 2014 – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta man convicted – again – of abusing his wife will be sentenced to his fourth stint in state prison.

A Cobb jury deliberated only about two hours late Thursday before convicting Ricky Allen, 39, of family violence battery, aggravated battery, and false imprisonment. The jury acquitted Mr. Allen of kidnapping.

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Cobb ADAs are featured in two legal publications


Aug. 21, 2014 -- Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds is pleased to announce that two assistant district attorneys, Chuck Boring and Sherwin K. Figueroa, have been featured in recent publications. ADA Boring was named to the Daily Report's 2014 class of Rising Stars. Meanwhile, ADA Figueroa was featured by UGA Law in its Alumni Spotlight. Click to read more: http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202665821806
http://law.uga.edu/alumni-spotlight-sherwin-k-figueroa-jd11

‘Santa Claus’ admits stealing tens of thousands of dollars


Aug. 13, 2014 – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that the former manager of the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority has admitted stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the organization. Ronald Joseph Papaleoni was sentenced to 15 years on probation, and a separate hearing to determine the amount of restitution is scheduled for next month.

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Man who shot two people sentenced to 40 years


Aug. 6, 2014 ­– Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Cobb man has been sentenced to 40 years after shooting and injuring two people at a house party in March 2013.

William Dennis Devore, 43, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of aggravated assault. Mr. Devore was at a neighbor’s house party on Milford Church Lane on March 31, 2013, when he fired a .22 caliber handgun at the two victims, a male and a female, shortly after an altercation between the female victim and Mr. Devore’s wife.

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