Lewis free on $5,000 bond
12/16/2013, 3:06 a.m.
Former DeKalb Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis, who was sentenced to a year in prison on Dec. 9, has been released from jail on a $5,000 bond.
DeKalb County Superor Court Judge Cynthia Becker sentenced the former superintendent and chief operating officer of DeKalb County Schools to 12 months and 15 years respectively for their involvement in racketeering.
Patricia Reid, former chief operating officer for the DeKalb school district, was accused of steering multimillion-dollar projects toward her then-husband, Architect Tony Pope. Pope was sentenced to serve 8 years.
At the sentencing hearing last Monday, Becker rejected Lewis deal with the DeKalb District Attorney that would have let Lewis off wth 12 months probation in exchange for his guilty plea to misdemeanor obstruction or hindering a law officer and agreeing to testify against reid and Pope.
Lewis, who was arrested in 2010 was originally charged with felony counts of theft by taking and racketeering for knowngly approvng the arrangement with Pope.
Lewis is expected to withdraw his guilty at a special hearing with judge Becker Dec. 17.