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10 APS cheating scandal defendants considering plea deals

8:39 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA - 11Alive News has learned that about 10 of the 33 defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal are considering plea deals.

They face charges of racketeering, theft by taking and making false statements.

Last month, former teacher Lisa Terry became the first defendant to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of obstruction in the case. She was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement Wednesday afternoon about negotiated pleas in this case.

"This case is not about blood or revenge, but rather about redemption for the children," Howard said. "We are willing to consider any reasonable offer if one is willing to tell the truth and accept responsibility."

The defendants have until early January to accept a plea deal. One attorney told 11Alive News on Wednesday that the only thing he's interested in for his client is a dismissal.

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