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Former Lyons Police Chief Sentenced
Thursday, 14 March 2013

March 14--  The former police chief in Lyons is going to jail.

ImageRicky Newsome (left, with attorney Joe McGovern) was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Toombs County Superior Court by Judge Cathy Palmer. 

After hearing recommendations from Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman, Judge Palmer sentenced Newsome to ten years in prison and five years on probation for violating his oath of office and distributing marijuana.  The maximum he could have received was 25 years.

Newsome was arrested in September, 2011 and has been out on bail after confessing to his crimes.

He apologized before sentence was passed and asked for mercy.

"I regret what I did.  It was wrong and I lost the trust of the citizens of Lyons.  Most of all I hurt my wife and family, but that's no excuse.  I did wrong and would like to take this time to apologize for what I did and ask the court to have mercy on me," he said.

Newsome's wife Brenda, who has lung cancer, and Pastor Stephen Toole of the Cedar Crossing Church of God, asked the judge for leniency.

Judge Palmer passed sentence and said, "What you did totally reflected on the office of Chief that you held and on the good work of everyone working under you.  You disgraced the badge," she said.

Newsome was ordered to report Monday morning when  his sentence will begin.

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