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Yearty conviction upheld by appeals court

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By The Staff

Suspended Levy County Commissioner Sammy Yearty's appeal of his convictions on solicitation and acceptance of a bribe and lying to the FBI in an interview were upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in an unpublished ruling released Wednesday.

The ruling by the three-judge panel of the Atlanta court is a victory for District Chief Judge Stephan P. Mickle and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McMahon, the judge and prosecutor in a series of public corruption trials against officials in Levy and Dixie counties.

Yearty, District 3 commissioner and chairman of the board when he was arrested on Nov. 5, 2008, is serving a 33-months at a federal prison in Pensacola. He was also sentenced to pay a $10,300 fine and serve three years probation in May 2010.

He and District 1 County Commissioner Tony Parker, who was sentenced to six months house arrest and five years probation, were convicted in December 2009 of accepting $10,000 for a trip to New York in December 2007 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer.


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