Milledgeville man really, really not coming home for a while


Milledgeville Police Department Chief Dray Swicord, for one, was relieved when Travis Terrell Simmons was arrested back in October 2022.

"I'm extremely glad to have Travis Simmons off the streets," Swicord said at the time. "He's responsible for probably 75 to 80 percent of the shootings and gun violence we've had lately."

Swicord made the comment several days after Simmons and two other men reportedly unloaded more than 60 rounds on an apartment in the Wray Homes/West End projects. Thirteen people, including four children, were present around the apartment when shots rang out, according to court documents. Shell casings from multiple firearms were recovered, including AR-15 rifle rounds. 

At the time, Simmons already was on felony probation, stemming from three different arrests in 2018. Charges included robbery, forgery, theft and obstruction of an officer. He then spent 10 months in prison between April 2019 and February 2020 after pleading guilty to robbery by sudden snatching and theft by receiving.

Last April, meanwhile, Superior Court Judge Terry Massey revoked Simmons' probation to the tune of 25 years behind bars. Then, last week, while Simmons already was serving that time at Central State Prison in Macon, Judge Massey handed down another 50-year sentence, with the first 18 to be spent behind bars. That sentence came after Simmons previously pleaded guilty to nine counts of aggravated assault and other charges, all pertaining to the October 2022 drive-by shooting in West End.

One of the other men reportedly involved in that drive-by also was sentenced last week. Tyler Lamont Pounds, 18, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years behind bars and another 40 on probation. Pounds, pictured immediately above, will receive credit for "time served" since October 1, 2022, the day that the West End drive-by occurred.

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