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Mathis pleads not guilty

January 26, 2005

Albany- Embattled Albany Commissioner Henry Mathis pleads not guilty to extortion and lying to law enforcement.

Mathis refused to say anything about the case this afternoon as he headed back to federal court with his wife and two grandchildren. He will be represented by court appointed attorney Rick Collum of Moultrie.

Mathis is charged with one count of extortion by a public official and one count of making misleading statements. He's accused of voting to approve an alcohol license for a nightclub then extorting money from a worker there. GBI agents also say Mathis lied to them during their investigation.

If he's found guilty, Mathis could serve between 33 and 41 months in prison.

posted at 5:47 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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