Rick Warren sentenced to 30 days in jail

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Rick Warren sentenced to 30 days in jail

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Buckhead speculator Rick Warren was sentenced Tuesday for housing code violations. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

This story has been corrected to reflect that Warren’s sentences run concurrently for 30 days.

With Mayor Kasim Reed looking on, Buckhead speculator Rick Warren was sentenced to 30 days in jail for housing code violations in Atlanta Municipal Court Tuesday.

Judge Crystal Gaines sentenced Warren on three counts of failure to adequately maintain properties he controlled around English Avenue, an in-town Atlanta neighborhood that has long suffered from neglected homes owned by absentee landlords.

Warren, who controlled about 10 percent of properties around English Avenue, won’t be heading to jail just yet. He remains free on bond while his case is on appeal.

Each count carried a 30-day sentence; all three to be served concurrently, Judge Gaines ruled. Prosecutors had sought a 120-day sentence on the three counts, asking for 60-day penalties for each count, two of which they asked to be concurrent.

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