Former Dodge County, GA. sheriff sentenced

DUBLIN, GA. (AP) - Former Dodge County Sheriff Lawton Douglas has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on a vote-buying conspiracy charge.

The 38-year-old Douglas was sentenced on Monday in Dublin. He pleaded guilty in March.

Douglas was indicted in July 2009 on two counts of conspiracy and four counts of vote buying. He was elected sheriff in 2004 and served until December 2008.

Prosecutors said Douglas gave money to his two co-defendants and others to pay people to vote for him. He declined to comment after the sentence.

One co-defendant, 44-year-old Olin Norman Gibson of Helena, was sentenced Monday to four months in prison.

The case against a third person, Thedy Deneen McLeod, has been turned over to state authorities.


Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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