For­mer sher­iff con­fess to or­der­ing hit on ri­val

Sid­ney Dorsey cur­rently serv­ing life sen­tence

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Er­rin Haines

DECATUR — For­mer DeKalb County Sher­iff Sid­ney Dorsey has con­fessed to or­der­ing a hit on sher­if­f­elect Der­win Brown, Dis­trict At­tor­ney Gwen Keyes Flem­ing said Thurs­day.

Flem­ing and Dorsey met July 13 at the prison in Rei­dsville, where Dorsey is serv­ing life in prison af­ter be­ing con­victed of plot­ting his ri­val’s killing.

Brown was gunned down in De­cem­ber 2000, just days be­fore tak­ing of­fice.

Brown’s fam­ily has been fight­ing to col­lect for his death, with daugh­ter Brandy Brown Rhodes telling state of­fi­cials that her fam­ily has strug­gled fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally since her fa­ther’s slay­ing.

Brown’s widow, Phyl­lis Brown, suf­fered a stroke in 2003 and died in 2006.

Af­ter Brown’s De­cem­ber 2000 mur­der, his widow re­ceived $ 75,000 from a state fund, but she ar­gued her fam­ily would have re­ceived more had the killing taken place af­ter he took of­fice. Brown had re­signed from his post as a sher­iff’s deputy af­ter his elec­tion vic­tory, so he wasn’t treated as if he’d been killed in the line of duty.

Be­fore she died, Phyl­lis Brown filed a wrong­ful death law­suit against Dorsey, the oth­ers in­volved in the mur­der and DeKalb County. The Ge­or­gia Court of Ap­peals ruled in Novem­ber 2005 that the county could not be held li­able be­cause the sher­iff is a state of­fi­cer. The U. S. Supreme Court re­fused to con­sider the case.

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