Politically connected Atlantan sentenced in animal cruelty case

Politically connected Atlanta businessman Sarkis Agasarkisian           FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PHOTO

Agasarkisian, who immigrated here from Armenia in 1979, made a name for himself in the jewelry business he took over from his now-deceased father. The politically connected Agasarkisian also became entrenched in the local law enforcement community, serving for decades as a volunteer Fulton County deputy.

But the animal cruelty case morphed into a public integrity prosecution and had Agasarkisian facing maximum punishment of decades in prison. Early on, two former Atlanta mayors privately contacted judges who had the case. Last week, on the eve of trial, Agasarkisian was offered a favorable deal from Fulton prosecutors that he couldn't refuse. To read full coverage of the case, please go to myajc.com.

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Bill Rankin
Bill Rankin
Bill Rankin covers criminal justice, the death penalty and legal affairs. He also hosts the AJC’s “Breakdown” podcast.