Decision coming Wednesday on ex-DeKalb CEO's appeal

ATLANTA, Ga -- The Georgia Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on the appeal of former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis on Wednesday.

Ellis was convicted on one count of criminal attempt to commit theft and three counts of perjury. A jury found Ellis of pressuring vendors to contribute to his 2012 re-election campaign and then lying about his actions to a grand jury.

Specifically, Ellis was found guilty of trying to shake down Power and Energy Services, an Austell business, for a $2,500 campaign contribution and threatening to end its $250,000 DeKalb contract.

Ellis was sentenced to five years in prison but won an early release after several months.

Ellis has appealed his conviction all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court, which is approaching the end of its current term.

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