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Former Gwinnett Co. commissioner avoids prison time

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Former Gwinnett commissioner Kevin Kenerly pleaded no contest to one count of bribery in a case that closes the door on an ugly chapter of Gwinnett County politics.

Kenerly was accused of taking one million dollars in bribes from a developer pal in exchange for his help in land deals before the commission. He insisted the money was for a legal business partnership.

As part of the plea deal, Kenerly will serve 10 years probation and pay a $10,000 fine. He will not serve any prison time.

DA Danny Porter agreed to the deal because Kenerly's wife has Stage 4 breast cancer.

Former chairman Charles Bannister resigned earlier to avoid indictment. Former commissioner Shirley Lasseter is serving time in federal prison for her bribery conviction.

The Grand Jury investigation led to several changes in the way the county spends money.

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