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Soulja Boy pleads no-contest to obstruction charge

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A locally-based rapper chose not to fight a charge that he ran from police officers, who were investigating a case in Stockbridge last year.

Deandre Cortez Way, 19, of McDonough, also known as Soulja Boy, pleaded nolo contendere, or "no contest," Tuesday to obstruction of an officer.

He entered his plea in Henry County State Court, according to Solicitor General Charles Spahos.

"He received 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine for obstruction," said Spahos.

Henry County Police arrested the musician Oct. 7, after reportedly responding to a call at 145 Tunis Road in Stockbridge.

Police Sgt. Rene Swanson, in the initial days of the case, said police went to the abandoned house after receiving a call about several juveniles gathered at the location.

"There were approximately 40 people gathered behind the dark ... house," added Swanson. "Half of the people fled the area as the arriving officer called for back-up."

Swanson said Way and the others at the scene were apparently filming a video at the house.

"A white Land Rover at the scene was identified as belonging to Way, who had fled the scene," she said. "He returned a short time later, and [was] arrested for obstruction."

Way was recognized in 2007, with an award in the "Best Hip-Hop Dance" category at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, according to the popular web site www.aceshowbiz.com.