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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Jailed Akron Mom, Kelley Williams-Bolar Released By Judge Patricia Cosgrove
Great news, folks!
Kelley Williams-Bolar was released from the Summit County Jail
Wednesday morning after serving all but one day of a 10-day jail
sentence for improperly enrolling her children in Copley-Fairlawn
A jail official confirmed Williams-Bolar was released at about 10 a.m.
Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove gave Williams-Bolar credit
for one day of time served when she was arrested and jailed on
multiple felony charges in November 2009, court records show.
On Jan. 18, Williams-Bolar was sentenced to 10 days in jail after
a jury convicted her of two felony counts of tampering with records.
The offenses involved several instances of signed or sworn school
registration forms, applications for reduced or free school lunches
and other official documents authorized by Williams-Bolar when she
enrolled her two girls in Copley-Fairlawn schools in August 2006.
In other developments in the case, Akron City Council President
Marco Sommerville said he planned to meet with Summit County
Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh at 2 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the issue
of why the case could not have been resolved without the filing of
Williams-Bolar, a single mother who was going to college and
working as a teaching assistant at Buchtel High School, had no
Within hours of the sentencing hearing, Cosgrove spoke out after
becoming the target of public outcry over the case, which threatens
the mother's job and her hopes to become a school teacher.
Cosgrove said the prosecutor's office refused to consider reducing
the charges to misdemeanors during numerous closed-door talks to
resolve the case outside of court. (source)
Now we need to hear from the over-zealous prosecutors office as to why
this matter wasn't dealt with appropriately and at least counted as a
misdemeanor and not a felony. Big congrats to all the people who took
to the internet by signing the petition at change.org. And a hearty
thank you to Judge Patricia Cosgrove for doing what was right and
just. See folks, with a little bit of work, we can make things happen.
Hopefully she'll be able to fulfill her dream of being a school
teacher; she shouldn't have had it come to this.