VERDICT: RICO: GUILTY, Theft by taking: NOT GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY
SENTENCE: Five years to serve one, four years probation, 1,000 hours of community service, $1,000 fine. Sentenced as a first offender.
Former Benteen Elementary Testing Coordinator Theresia Copeland faced one count of racketeering, one count of theft by taking and one count of false statements and writings.
Attorney Scott Smith took on the case of Theresia Copeland after another attorney was ordered off the case due to a conflict of interest.
“The allegation against her is that she, by herself, had participated in erasing test answers and filling in the blanks on her own,” Smith said.
A minor charge was dropped against Copeland and former regional director Sharon Davis Williams before jurors entered the courtroom for trial. Copeland and Williams are still charged with racketeering.