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January 29, 2003

Albany -- Dougherty County's former assistant police chief is hoping to avoid spending time in state prison. Woody Hart was sentenced to two years and three months for bribery. He's been in an Arkansas federal prison since March of 2001. Hart is eligible for release this March, but must still serve three and a half months in Georgia on state charges.

Joe Vaknin, Hart's Attorney, said "He ought to be relased according to the plea agreement, his attorney, the district attorney, and judge all agreed on. It's not an early release, it's when he's supposed to be released."

A hearing is scheduled for February 6 in Dougherty County Superior Court. Hart plead guilty to bribery and perjury charges for his part in a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme at a Sylvester  car dealership.