Former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis released from prison - CBS46 News

Former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis released from prison

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The former DeKalb CEO, Burrell Ellis, was released from prison Tuesday after serving time for corruption

Ellis was found guilty of attempted extortion and perjury related to strong-arming a county contractor for a campaign contribution July 2015. He was acquitted of five other counts on charges that included bribery.

Ellis was tried twice. In both trials, the case centered on secret recordings by Kelvin Walton, the former head of purchasing and contracts for DeKalb County. Walton agreed to work with prosecutors in exchange for not being charged with lying to a grand jury about whether he received gifts for county vendors.

Ellis was released on parole, and will be on parole through the end of his sentence date of December 30, 2016.

CBS46 has reached out to Ellis' attorney, Craig Gillen, for comment. We are waiting to hear back from Gillen. Stay tuned to CBS46 and for the latest details.

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