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Lewis sentenced to 15 months for extortion
Judge hears anonymous calls threatening Statesboro mayor
Gary Lewis Statesboro City Council WEB
Fomer Statesboro City Councilman Gary Lewis
Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia delivered a scathing admonition as well as a prison sentence Monday to former Statesboro City Councilman Gary Lewis, who pled guilty to extortion in April. In a surprise move, before sentencing, the court played recordings of 10 voicemail messages left on the Statesboro Herald's Soundoff call-in line, allegedly made by Lewis, uttering dark accusations about Statesboro's Mayor, Jan Moore. Lewis pled guilty in April to demanding $2,500 from a victim, whom he identified by name in court Monday as Greg Parker, owner of Parker's convenience stores, in exchange for the passage of a Statesboro city ordinance that would allow drive-thru alcohol sales.
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