Plane Piloted By Ga. Judge Crashes; He and a Passenger are Dead

A Georgia juvenile court judge and one of three young adult passengers on the single-engine plane he was piloting died today when it crashed in an east Alabama hayfield.

The two other passengers of Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge Sanford “Sammy” Jones survived with non-life-threatening injuries, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 56-year-old judge knew the three passengers from his church activities, the newspaper reports. He had picked them up in Florida earlier today and was apparently en route home to Georgia when his plane went down for unknown reasons.

A graduate of the University of Georgia and the former Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta, Jones had been on the bench for more than 17 years.

He was lauded today by those who worked with him for his dedication to the court system and the children it served. ” I never met a person who did not have a good story to tell about Judge Jones,” an emotional Careatha Daniels, chief probation officer for juvenile court, tells the AJC. “He would help anyone.”

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