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Council member withdraws guilty plea

Dawson- Janet Mitchell was charged with five counts of forgery. Investigators said she forged a deed to claim property illegally. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years probation on each count. Her lawyer says she entered that plea under first offender status.

"She withdrew her plea because we discovered that there was some question as to whether or not she had already used her first offender plea and you can only use it one time," says Mitchell's attorney T. Gamble.

Mitchell's trial is scheduled to be held on March 7th. If she's convicted of a felony, Mitchell could lose her seat on the city council and her right to vote.

Posted at 6:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com