Fayette Deputy Mauney receives national marshals award

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Fayette County Sheriff’s Investigator Joshua Mauney was the recent recipient of a national award for his contributions with the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force that led to the arrest of an individual wanted on 22 warrants from five agencies.

Investigator Mauney received the William French Smith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cooperative Law Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice’s 63rd annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. held on Oct. 21.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch presented the awards at the ceremony held at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall.

“We are very proud of Investigator Mauney for his excellent work and his remarkable commitment to Fayette County and the metro Atlanta area,” said Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said the award recognizes state and local law enforcement officials who have made significant contributions to cooperative law enforcement endeavors.

Representing Fayette County on the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force, Mauney and two task force members from other agencies were the recipients of the award for their investigation that led to the arrest of fugitive Billy Lee Owen in June 2014. Owen was wanted on 22 outstanding warrants from five separate agencies, Babb said.

“The fugitive had a long criminal history as well as a lack of regard for public safety, leading law enforcement on two vehicle pursuits in a stolen vehicle, even striking a task force officer during one of the pursuits,” Babb said.