Genarlow Wilson Rejects 'deal'

B.J. Bernstein said Genarlow Wilson won't accept the deal offered by Douglas County District Attorney David McDade because it would require him to plead guilty to a felony with a 15-year sentence and serve five years in prison.

The Douglas County man imprisoned for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17, has turned down a plea deal a prosecutor offered in writing this week, his attorney said Friday.

Bernstein pointed out that a Monroe County judge granted her appeal this month, changed Wilson's conviction to a misdemeanor and ordered him freed from prison. Attorney General Thurbert Baker, however, is appealing that judge's ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Bernstein is also concerned that Wilson would be forced to register as a sex offender under the deal, despite McDade's contention that he could plead to an offense that does not normally require registration.

Bernstein said she spoke to Wilson about McDade's offer during a meeting with him Thursday in prison, where he has already spent more than two years of his 10-year sentence for aggravated child molestation.

"Yesterday he just told me to keep going — that this is not what is good for him — that he has concerns about this plea offer," Bernstein told reporters.