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Spillers is first offender, holds certification

May 19, 2006

Leesburg --- After Donnie Spillers was convicted on two felony counts in connection with the shooting death of Wesley Beaver, his lawyers, Pete Donaldson and Patrick Eidson, asked Judge Rucker Smith to grant first offender status, which he did.

After the five-year probation period ends, Spillers will not have a felony conviction hanging over his head. That means that Spillers will have a "clean" record in terms of having to declare himself a convicted felon when applying for a job.

Should he violate his probation, the Judge Smith could revoke the probation, and send him to prison. This five-year sentence will not be reviewed by the Judicial Sentencing Review Board because it was less than 10 years.

Donnie Spillers' Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification status, required for all law enforcement officers in Georgia, remains under investigation.

The POST board meets quarterly, and their next meeting will be in June. We do not know whether Spillers’ case will be reviewed at that meeting. He still holds his POST certification at this point.

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