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June 17--  Toombs County State Court has a new prosecutor.

Attorney Justin Franklin has a law practice in Metter and lives in Vidalia.  He was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to fill the unexpired term of Paul Threlkeld who moved to practice law in Savannah.

{mosimage}Franklin (R) was sworn in Thursday by Toombs County Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld.

"It's an opportunity to serve and grow in this community where my wife and I are raising our kids," he said.

The State Court handles misdemeanor criminal cases and civil cases.  Franklin says he's already found out the Toombs County case load is heavy.

"I was sworn in Thursday and we had calendar call Friday with roughly 160 cases on the calendar, so it appears to be very busy.

Franklin graduated from Metter High School and the University of Georgia.  He got his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.