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May 14, 2003

Baker County - Baker County Sheriff Issac Anderson is facing four federal charges. He's accused helping Thomas L. Williams, Junior avoid getting arrested for breaking into his ex-wife's Florida home and holding a knife to her throat. Daphne Johnson Williams had a restraining order against her ex-husband. According to the indictment, Sheriff Anderson and five Williams family members aided in the conspiracy.

Baker County Sheriff Deputy Aubrey Suggs says he hasn't seen his supervisor, Sheriff Issac Anderson, in two days. He says, "I don't know what's gonna happen. I'm not trying to avoid you, but I don't know what to tell you."

Sheriff Anderson is accused of hindering an investigation, two counts of making false statements to FBI agents and conspiracy to obstruct justice and committ perjury. If convicted of all counts, the sheriff could spend 25 years in prison and fined one-million dollars.

We tried to contact Sheriff Anderson by phone Wednesday morning to find out what he thought about the indictment, but the phone kept ringing and ringing. His office door was locked, so we tried another door, his front door.  Sheriff Anderson answered the door, when asked about the indictiment he replied, "I ain't got no comment on it right now."

Federal agents claim Sheriff Anderson denied knowing Tommy L. Williams, Jr., the man he's accused of making a false police report for. The report put Williams in Baker County instead of Florida where, on the same day, Williams was accused of abusing his ex-wife.

We asked Anderson if he knew Williams. He said, "I don't know him. I don't want to talk about it right now." The Sheriff insists he doesn't know Williams.

Sheriff Anderson is scheduled for a first appearance in the US District Court next Wednesday in Albany.

Williams is indicted on stalking and violating a protection order and is now in a Florida jail. His dad, Thomas Leon Williams, Sr., his mother Juanita Williams and Terry Williams of Bainbridge are all charged with lying to the grand jury. Jimmy Williams of Brainbridge is accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice and commit perjury.

posted at 6:20PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com