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Judge reduces sentence for convicted APS educator

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter on Thursday reduced the sentence for a former Atlanta Public Schools educator for her role in the test-cheating scandal, saying he was “not comfortable with it.”

Baxter sentenced Sharon Davis-Williams to 10 years in prison, with three to serve. He previously sentenced her to 20 years in prison with 7 years to serve. Davis-Williams must pay a $10,000 fine and conduct 2,000 hours of community service.

Baxter was criticized by many community leaders who felt the sentences he ordered to Davis-Williams and other defendants in the case were too harsh. Baxter said afterward he felt the sentence was wrong.

“I don’t want to be in the pasture with any regrets,” Baxter said.

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