ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has learned that Jenna Ellis, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, has reached a plea deal in the Georgia election interference case.
Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting false statements, according to Fulton County court documents.
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The former attorney was sentenced to five years probation, 100 hours of community service, must pay $5,000 restitution and write an apology letter. She will also have to testify if the state calls her.
“In the frenetic pace of attempting to raise challenges to the election in several states, including Georgia, I failed to do my due diligence. I believe in and value election integrity. If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post election challenges,” Ellis read from a letter in court.
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Ellis is the fourth defendant in the Georgia election interference case to change their plea to guilty. Scott Hall, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro reached agreements.
Following Ellis’ plea, that leaves 15 others still facing charges in the case, including Trump. Steve Sadow, who is representing the former president in Georgia, released the following statement.
“For the fourth time, Fani Willis and her prosecution team have dismissed the RICO charge in return for a plea to probation. What that shows is this so-called RICO case is nothing more than a bargaining chip for DA Willis. Moreover, this plea was to a completely separate charge, not a part of the original indictment, which doesn’t even mention President Trump.”
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Hall, an Atlanta-area bail bondsman, received five years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 200 hours of community service.
Chesebro agreed to five years of probation, pay $5,000 in restitution, community service hours and to write an apology letter to the citizens of Georgia. He will also have to truthfully testify and cannot have contact with witnesses or other co-defendants.
Powell was sentenced to six years probation, a $6,000 fine and will have to pay $2,700 in restitution to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. She will also have to testify truthfully against the other co-defendants in the case and cannot have any contact with witnesses or other co-defendants.
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