Crime History: Ex-sheriff arrested for successor's assassination

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On this day, Nov. 30, in 2001, former Georgia Sheriff Sidney Dorsey was arrested and charged with murder in the slaying of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, who had defeated Dorsey in a bitter election.

Dorsey, the first black sheriff of DeKalb County and the husband of an Atlanta city councilwoman, ordered the hit on the 46-year-old Brown, who was shot 12 times in front of his home in December 2000.

Prosecutors said Dorsey wanted to prevent a corruption probe into Dorsey's sheriff's office and to return to office.

Witnesses testified that Dorsey extorted money and sex from a female owner of a bail bonds company, and had sheriff's deputies run personal errands and moonlight for his private security company on county time.

Dorsey was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for murder and racketeering.

- Scott McCabe

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Scott McCabe

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The Washington Examiner