Ex-investigator sentenced for forgery

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A former Columbia County sheriff’s investigator accused of forging victims’ names on official documents pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation at a sentencing hearing this afternoon.

Former Property Crimes Investigator Brooke Renai Kelly, 35, pleaded guilty to violating the oath of a police officer and three counts of forgery. Superior Court Judge Michael Annis sentenced Ms. Kelly to seven years probation under the First Offender Act, $5,000 in fines and 200 hours of community service.

“You were someone in a public trust position,” Judge Annis said. “You violated that trust. That is the worst part.”

Ms. Kelly, who also is a former investigator for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Army, was arrested in October after a victim claimed her case was incorrectly closed and her name was forged on a waiver of prosecution form.

“She cut corners. It is as simple as that,” Ms. Kelly’s attorney, Richard Goolsby Sr., said as an explanation of her actions.

During an internal investigation, police discovered Ms. Kelly forged victims’ names on forms in nine cases. Most of the victims in those cases received a call from Ms. Kelly and wanted their cases closed, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris has said. At least one victim wanted the sheriff’s office to proceed with investigation and prosecution of the case.

“I would take it back if I could,” Ms. Kelly said at the hearing. “I am so sorry.”

Ms. Kelly was terminated from the sheriff’s office following her arrest.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augu

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/14/09 - 05:32 pm
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Corner-cutters are not

Corner-cutters are not welcome at the CCSO.

cparker
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cparker 05/14/09 - 06:38 pm
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This chick is no different

This chick is no different than Miss Grantham from the Richmond County Coroners Office, or the County employee that stole from the landfill. I bet she is a white chick the paper chose not to humiliate for crimes....

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/14/09 - 07:11 pm
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It finally happened. cparker

It finally happened. cparker is absolutely right.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 05/14/09 - 09:16 pm
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She is white.

She is white.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/14/09 - 09:43 pm
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"I bet she is a white chick

"I bet she is a white chick the paper chose not to humiliate for crimes...." This is downright funny. So how do you explain the fact that the AC printed her mug shot when she was arrested, just like they do for blacks?

concernedcitizen1974
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concernedcitizen1974 05/14/09 - 10:13 pm
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It's not the same she didn't

It's not the same she didn't steal anything , she was lazy. Forged signatures insteading of getting the victims signatures on the forms to close their cases.

shamrock
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shamrock 05/14/09 - 10:49 pm
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Who gives a rip what color

Who gives a rip what color she is. Get over it people! We're all the same color inside ... black hearted and evil!

justus4
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justus4 05/15/09 - 07:17 am
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What kind of message does
Unpublished

What kind of message does this sentence send? What will other would-be violaters think about violating their oath. This message says, "go for it!" if U are of a particular race. This is a despicable sentence and the complete failure of this "system" is in full view. What a shame, but notice the language, "she cut corners" which is an insult. She STOLE! If this was a minority, the language would be: "theif, lazy, criminal, must send message to others, rule of law, etc" and punishment/jail time would be priority. Again, nothing new here...just another non-minority breaking the law and getting away with it, so-called legally.

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