Fleming v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Katherine Fleming was indicted on two counts of identity fraud and two counts of financial transaction fraud. She entered a negotiated guilty plea, which allowed for deferred sentencing and participation in a drug court program. Her plea agreement specified that she would be sentenced to eight years of probation if she completed the drug court program, but she would be sentenced to ten years, with the first four to be served in prison and the remaining six to be served on probation, including residential substance abuse treatment, if she failed to complete the program. The agreement also provided that she would make restitution payments under either scenario. After more than two years in the program, Fleming was terminated from the drug court program for failure to comply with its rules. Consistent with the plea agreement, the trial court then imposed a ten-year sentence, the first four to be served in prison and the remaining six to be served on probation, including residential substance abuse treatment. The Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine under what circumstances a defendant may receive sentence credit for participation in a drug court program established under OCGA 15-1-15. After that review, the Court held that no sentence credit for participation in a drug court program was warranted in this particular case.