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Verdict reached in Burrell Ellis trial

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Guilty on four counts.  That’s the verdict today from a DeKalb County jury who found suspended CEO Burrell Ellis guilty of criminal attempted theft by extortion and three counts of perjury. They found him not guilty on five other felony indictments.

Here is the jury's decision on all 9 counts.

  • Count 1- (Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft by Extortion)- Not Guilty.
  • Count 2- (Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft by Extortion)- Not Guilty
  • Count 3- (Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft by Extortion)- Not Guilty
  • Count 4- (Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft by Extortion)- Guilty
  • Count 5- (Theft by Extortion)- Not Guilty
  • Count 6- (Bribery)- Not Guilty
  • Count 7- (Perjury)- Guilty
  • Count 8- (Perjury)- Guilty
  • Count 9- (Perjury)- Guilty

Ellis will be sentenced on June 8 at 9 a.m. He faces up to 15 years behind bars. A spokesperson from the District Attorney's office says Ellis' bond has been revoked. His attorney is expected to appeal and ask the judge to release his client on bond pending the outcome of that appeal.

A gag order remains in effect until the sentencing phase of the trial is complete.

Neither Ellis’s attorney nor prosecutors made any comments to reporters while leaving the courthouse.  There has been a gag order in effect since the trial began.

Ellis showed no emotion as the verdicts were read, but county voters had plenty to say about the case as news spread to the lunchtime crowd at Decatur Square.

Ilane Warren said “I didn’t think he would be found guilty. I just didn’t. “

Florrid Little had a different reaction:  “I’m really not surprised he was found guilty.  He was fortunate enough to escape the first go-round and I guess justice caught up with him.”

This is the second time Ellis was tried on the same charges.  Last October, a judge declared a mistrial after the jury failed to reach unanimous agreement.

“I encourage everyone to join me in keeping the Ellis family in our thoughts and prayers.  I wish them strength in the days and months ahead.

Interim CEO Lee May issued the following statement:

"Mr. Ellis remains under suspension during any appeal until the final disposition of his case or the expiration of his term of office, whichever comes first. While the suspension is in effect, I remain as Interim Chief Executive Officer. As Interim CEO, I will continue to stay focused on moving the county forward.”

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