A chapter closes in the more than 5 year old DeKalb County Schools corruption case as a judge not only hands down very harsh sentences, but ignores a plea deal that was expected to keep the former DeKalb superintendent out of jail.
There was no lenience extended by DeKalb County Judge Cynthia Becker as she sentenced former DeKalb Superintendent Crawford Lewis to one year in prison on Monday. He was charged with obstruction and hindering police in the corruption investigation of former Chief Operating Officer Patricia Reid and her ex-husband, Architect, Tony Pope.
The two were found guilty in November of racketeering charges. On Monday Patricia Reid was sentenced to 15 years behind bars and Tony Pope was sentenced to 8 years.
Lewis has hope that in exchanged for his testimony again the pair in an October plea deal, he would receive probation. But instead, Judge Becker sentenced Lewis to 12 months in jail. Judge Becker says Lewis allowed the illegal activities to happen while under his watch.
In the state’s case, it alleged that Reid used her influence to shift more than $1 million worth of school system construction work to Pope’s firm. Reid was found guilty of an additional theft by taking charge and Pope ordered to pay $172 thousand dollars in restitution.
Channel 2 news was in the courtroom when Judge Becker expressed her reasoning behind such lengthy sentences. Of the couples actions the Judge said, “It was calculated and remarkably stupid by two very intelligent people."
The judge also denied the bond request of Patricia Reid and order her to be taken into custody immediately.