A judge in Whitfield County has sentenced a man to life in prison without the possibility of parole for committing a murder back in 2013.
In addition, Judge Jack Partain sentenced 48 year old Frank Scott Bozzie to 20 consecutive years for aggravated assault in the June 10, 2013 killing of Horace Richard Morgan.
At his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Bozzie spoke briefly on his own behalf, asking the court when he could receive a “real trial” and how he could get a warrant for a “perjured indictment”, accusing Ms. Beck of lying, and asking how much confidential informants are paid, although no such informants were involved in this case.
Back on June 20th a jury convicted Bozzie
Bozzie was also convicted of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and family violence battery against Richard Holbrook and Jennifer Verner.
During his trial, Bozzie testified, but called no other witnesses in his defense.
Bozzie intentionally crashed his GMC pickup truck into a van occupied by Holbrook and Verner at the McDonaldas on east Walnut Avenue.
Bozzie then attacked the vehicle and Holbrook with a baseball bat before confronting Verner, with whom he had been involved romantically prior to that date.
Bozzie left the McDonaldas before police could arrive but customers and employees witnessed parts of the encounter which was partly captured by the McDonaldas video security system.
Fearing for her children, who were at Morganas residence, Verner asked Holbrook to take her there. Bozzie showed up shortly thereafter, having previously been to the residence and getting into an altercation with Morgan before finding Holbrook and Verner at the McDonaldas.
Bozzie stayed in his vehicle, but revved his engine while engaged in a verbal altercation with Morgan, who was on the phone with 911 and demanding that Bozzie leave his property. Bozzie then accelerated towards Morgan, who was approximately 40 feet from the vehicle, struck and drove over Morgan, dragging him more than 30 feet before the truck became stuck at the edge of a wooded area.
Holbrook attempted to intervene on behalf of Morgan after which Bozzie fled the area on foot. Bozzie was arrested more than an hour later at a convenience store around a mile and a half from his truck.
Morgan was trapped under the truck, suffering broken ribs, broken pelvis, broken femurs, and an open dislocation of the ankle as well as numerous burns to his skin from contact with the underside of the engine and exhaust system.
According to Dr. Keith Lehman of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Medical Examineras Office, the actual cause of death was not the injuries but mechanical asphyxiation.
Morgan was pinned under the truck and unable to breathe.
Bozzie, originally from California, has two prior felony convictions from that State including a felony evading a peace officer with disregard for safety and felony inflicting corporal injury on spouse in 1996 in which, similar to the present case, he assaulted a former wife and then attempted to ram a deputies patrol car with his truck.
In 2006 Bozzie was convicted of another felony inflicting corporal injury on spouse involving a different former wife.
Bozzie also has a history a prior misdemeanor domestic violence and a 1999 misdemeanor drug charge, all from California.