Cotman was sentenced to three years in prison, while Williamson was sentenced to two. They were the only two of the 11 convicted who went directly to the appeals court. Seven others filed preliminary motions for a new trial in Fulton County Superior Court. Those appealing their convictions have been free on bond.
Cotman and Williamson had filed appeals based on procedural grounds, including an argument that the judge erred in his instructions to jurors about how they should decide the racketeering conviction. The Georgia Supreme Court denied Cotman’s petition and dismissed Williamson’s petition, which the court said was filed late.
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