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Man gets 10 years in death of son, 2

PERRY — A Warner Robins man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the starvation death of his 2-year-old son nearly two years ago.

William Thomas Davis III, 27, was found guilty Thursday on involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct charges. Davis, who has spent about two years in jail, was also given credit for time already served.

Davis’ girlfriend, Sade Shamon King ,was sentenced earlier this month to life in prison.

Sheriff’s investigators say their son weighed 12 pounds, 6 ounces at his death, and an autopsy ruled the toddler’s cause of death as malnutrition.

Ex-UGA employee to repay $219,000

ATHENS — A former University of Georgia employee has pleaded guilty to racketeering and theft charges for embezzling over $200,000 from the school.

The Attorney General’s Office said Rebecca Hill pleaded guilty Thursday to taking the money from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

She was sentenced to serve one year on house arrest and to pay more than $219,000 in restitution.

Hill prepared almost 500 falsified receipts while working as a business manager at the institute between 2005 and 2009 that claimed she or others purchased property for the institute.

Study: Ports yield jobs for 352,000

SAVANNAH — A new study says more than 352,000 jobs across Georgia are tied to goods being imported and exported through the state’s deep water ports in Savannah and Brunswick.

The study released Thursday by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth estimates Georgia’s ports had an economic impact of $66.9 billion in fiscal 2011.

Gov. Nathan Deal says the findings underscore how vital the ports are to Georgia’s economy. The state is seeking federal funding and permits for a $653 million project to deepen the Savannah harbor to make room for larger ships.

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