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Terrell County sheriff sentenced to jail

POSTED: June 3, 2010 9:28 a.m.
ALBANY - Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens will spend five days in jail and pay a fine after a judge determined he ignored an order to bring inmates to court.

Judge Dane Perkins says Bowens intentionally created a lack of personnel on a day inmates were due in court. Perkins says Bowens then claimed he didn't have enough workers to transport inmates safely. The Sheriff's office has 32 employees.

Bowens was sentenced to spend time in the Dougherty County Jail and pay a $500 fine after being found in contempt of court.

An attorney for Bowen says he will appeal.

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