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June 5, 2008

Statenville - The wife of the Echols County Sheriff has been arrested.

Mary Courson is charged with theft by taking, accused of stealing money from the Magistrate's office.

Sheriff Randy Courson says he received information last week that funds were missing from the office.

During the investigation, his wife admitted to taking the money to support a prescription pain medication addiction.

"My family and I are going through a difficult time while my wife faces some hard issues.  She is currently receiving the proper treatment for her problem.  I would like to thank the citizens of Echols County for you past support, and ask for your continued support, as well as you thoughts and prayers, for me and my family," Sheriff Courson says.  "This is one reason I fight so diligently to eradicate drugs from our community.  Drug abuse causes problems across every social-economic background.  No family is exempt from its affects."

The case is now being handled by the GBI in Thomasville. 

"He did his job.  He did it just like he would do it for any other crime he called us to assist in.  He did it by the numbers as far as we're concerned," says GBI Agent Ronnie Thompson.

Sheriff Courson, today, squashed rumors that he might resign and say he still plans to run for re-election.