DECATUR — Only Channel 2 Action News was in court Wednesday afternoon when one of the key players in a high-profile corruption case involving a former DeKalb County Superintendent took a plea deal.
Crawford Lewis struck a deal and pleaded guilty to obstruction charges for his involvement in a school construction scandal.
The plea allowed Lewis to avoid more serious charges of racketeering and theft by taking.
Channel 2′s Erica Byfield was in the courtroom Wednesday when Lewis formally pleaded to obstructing of a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor.
Up until Wednesday, Lewis, like his other two co-defendants, faced multiple racketeering and theft by taking charges.
Tony Pope and Patricia Reid didn’t say anything in open court and sat silently by their respective attorneys.
Prosecutors said Pope and Reid, who were married, cheated the system and were able to make millions of dollars off taxpayers.
Reid worked for the DeKalb County School District and Pope was an architect. The pair are now divorced.