Former superintendent to serve 12 months in jail

Ken Watts | 12/9/2013, 12:15 p.m.
Crawford Lewis was sentenced to 12 months on a charge of obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer.

— Former DeKalb Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis is going to prison for 12 months in the school district’s corruption case that has been playing out in court since October.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Cynthia J. Becker sentenced Lewis on the misdemeanor charge of obstructing and hindering a law enforcement officer, a charge he agreed to in a plea deal in October.

Lewis was facing racketeering, theft by taking and other charges when he turned state’s witness against his former co-defendants -- Patricia Reid, who was the school system’s chief operating officer when Lewis led the school district; and her former husband, Anthony Pope, to whom she is accused of channeling more than $1 million in school construction business.

Reid and Pope are awaiting their sentencing today in the hearing that is currently under way.

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