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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:15am

Former DeKalb CEO Rejects Plea, Will Serve Jail Time

Former Dekalb CEO Burrell Ellis is sentenced to five years for his conviction on charges of perjury and attempted theft by extortion.

He’ll serve 18 months in prison, and the remaining three and a half years on probation.

Prosecutors say Ellis pressured vendors for campaign contributions. He was found guilty, but was acquitted of five other counts including bribery.

Ellis will likely file an appeal. The judge denied a request for bond while he does so.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Ellis rejected a plea offer, which would’ve kept him out of jail.