Former DeKalb superintendent sentenced to year in prison

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Video: Crawford Lewis to learn his fate

Former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Former DeKalb County Schools superintendent Crawford Lewis will receive a year in prison due to his involvement in a school construction scandal that rocked the district.

Lewis pleaded guilty in October to a scheme where he helped funnel about $80 million in construction contracts to a company owned by the Tony Pope, the ex-husband of Pat Reid, the district's chief operating officer.

The judge rejected the state's plea which would have sentenced Lewis to probation.

Reid and Pope were also sentenced -- Reid was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 15 years to serve, and Pope was given 20 years with eight years to serve.

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James released a statement about the sentencing Monday afternoon.

"This sentence sends a loud message to those who seek to manipulate and steal from the citizens of DeKalb County. Reid and Pope both devised a scheme to take $1.4 million in tax dollars to line their pockets through improper and illegal means," James said in the release. "This is a big win for the students and families of our county."

* Crawford Lewis indicted by grand jury
* Lewis pleads guilty to obstruction

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