Former DeKalb schools COO gets 15 years

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The former chief operating officer for DeKalb County schools was sentenced to 15 years in prison and her former husband was sentenced to eight years in prison for manipulating construction contracts that paid the husband $1.4 million for work he should not have received.

One-time COO Pat Reid and architect Tony Pope both were sentenced as first offenders, meaning their convictions will be erased if they successfully complete their prison sentences, pay restitution and then complete their probation — 10 years for Reid and 12 years for Pope.

At the same time, the sentencing of former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis was not completed. Judge Cynthia Becker rejected prosecutors’ recommendation that he be sentenced to 12 months on probation for misdemeanor obstruction, saying he deserved to be jailed.

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