DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County judge has handed down stiff sentences for the defendants in the DeKalb Schools corruption case -- including the former superintendent, who got sent to jail despite a plea deal.
On Monday, the judge rejected it.
Channel 2 Action News crews were there as a deputy handcuffed Lewis and took him into custody.
She also gave lengthy sentences to the other two convicted in the case.
Former school building contract executive Pat
Pope broke down in tears as he heard a plea from a longtime friend.
"The school system has benefited from what he's done. And in my personal opinion, he doesn't deserve to be where he is right now," witness Julian Houston said.
"I would request your sentencing be lenient and return him home to me, his family and community," said Sharon Pope, Tony Pope's wife.
The judge also heard from supporters of Reid, who was convicted of illegally steering more than $1 million in building contracts to Pope's architecture firm.
"I don't think she did anything to harm the district or the kids of the community," said former co-worker Tiffany Nolan.
Prior to sentencing, the judge rebuked the former couple for their criminal scheme.
"It was calculated and remarkably stupid by two very intelligent people," said Judge Cynthia Becker.
The judge then sentenced Reid to 15 years in prison. Pope got eight years and was ordered to pay $172,000 in restitution.
Lewis, who had cut a deal for only a year's probation, was shocked when the judge ordered him to
"This was on his watch. He stood by and then hindered, interfered and tried to stop the completion of a
Reid's attorney asked if