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Former court clerk sentenced for theft

A former clerk in the Lamar County probate court office was sentenced to 10 years on probation plus restitution after entering a guilty plea to one count of theft by taking in Lamar superior court March 27. Tanisha Alvett Murphy was arrested in January, 2017 after a GBI investigation into an allegation of missing funds in the office. The money came from traffic fines collected by the office and earmarked for the City of Milner. At a brief hearing before Judge Tommy Wilson, defense attorney Dwayne Singleton said the ‘situation was brought on by a medical condition’ Murphy struggles with. Assistant district attorney Anita Howard noted the medical issue would be difficult to deal with if Murphy were incarcerated. She also said probate judge Kathy Martin was okay with Murphy serving her time on probation. Judge Wilson agreed and sentenced Murphy to 10 years probation, imposed a search and specimen clause and ordered her to repay $5340 in restitution.

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