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Shanon Buie surrenders; pleads guilty

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- The wife of former downtown manager Don Buie surrendered to Dougherty County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday afternoon and pleaded guilty to theft charges, officials say.

Shanon Buie is the last of four co-defendants, including her husband, to be arrested locally. She, along with the others, was indicted Oct. 14 by a grand jury in connection with an investigation to alleged improper financial dealings coming from the downtown manager's office.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards confirmed Tuesday that Shanon Buie had surrendered and agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanor theft counts in exchange for a reduced sentence recommendation if she testified against her husband.

She will be given a bond until after her husband's trial, at which time she will be sentenced, officials say.

Buie had been in North Carolina since the indictment where she was fighting extradition back to Georgia.

Last week, officials with the District Attorney's office sent an administrative governor's warrant to the North Carolina Department of Extradition asking for Shanon Buie's immediate arrest and return to Georgia. Shanon Buie's lone felony count was dropped, officials say.

If she testifies against her husband, prosecutors have agreed to recommend pre-trial intervention along with restitution of $1,500.

Don Buie is set to go on trial Monday. He is accused of fraud, theft and making false statements in connection with a downtown scandal involving his role as downtown manager and CEO of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority.