Former DeKalb superintendent released on bond

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Former DeKalb County schools superintendent Crawford Lewis has been released on bond.

Local media reports say a judge granted bond for Lewis Friday. Lewis had been jailed since Monday when a judge rejected the plea deal he had struck with prosecutors. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker sentenced Lewis to a year in prison on a misdemeanor obstruction charge.

Lewis pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the school district's former chief operating officer Patricia Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope. The three were accused of funneling more than $1 million in contracts to Pope's architectural firm.

Lewis' lawyers filed multiple motions to get him out of jail. With Becker out of town, Lewis' lawyers petitioned another judge to release Lewis on bond while the case is sorted out.


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