Convicted Atlanta educators may take chances with judge’s sentencing, avoid plea deals

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Defense attorneys for convicted educators in the Atlanta test-cheating trial say at least one of their clients will take a plea deal offered by the district attorney’s office while two others could take their chances with the judge’s sentencing.

Angela Williamson, a former teacher at Dobbs Elementary, is expected to decline the deal offered by the Fulton County DA, according to her defense attorney. Diane Buckner-Webb, a former teacher at Dunbar Elementary, is also expected to not accept a plea deal.

Donald Bullock, a former test coordinator, is expected to accept a plea deal from the DA, according to his defense attorney.

Ten former Atlanta educators convicted of racketeering in a test cheating scandal faced sentencing Monday at a hearing, where Judge Jerry Baxter heard numerous requests from witnesses to show leniency to the educators.

By the end of the hearing, Baxter was urging the educators to accept plea deals being offered by the DA’s office, or they would likely face sentences involving jail time.

The sentencing hearing resumes today at 10 a.m. For updates, check out AJC.com


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