CHEROKEE COUNTY - A judge will sentence former Cherokee County school board member Kelly Marlow Thursday after she was convicted of lying to police.
Marlow told officers that Superintendent Frank R. Petruzielo tried to run her over with his vehicle after a school board meeting in June.
Two of Marlow’s associates — Cherokee Republican Party Secretary Barbara Knowles and political adviser Robert John Trim — also were found guilty.
Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. The three defendants face several years in prison.
Marlow resigned from the Cherokee County board Wednesday.
“Recent judicial determinations make it unlikely that I can effectively serve at any time in the foreseeable future,” she wrote in an emailed letter to State Superintendent John Barge, Gov. Nathan Deal, Cherokee school board members and the board’s attorney. “Rather than leave my seat in limbo while the issues surrounding my status are resolved, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I resign my position with the Cherokee School Board, effective immediately.”
A special election will be held to fill Marlow’s term, which expires Dec. 31 2016, school district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby told WSB’s Pete Combs.
“More than half of her term is left,” said Jacoby.
The school board meets Thursday night, but will not have enough time to figure out what to by then.
“The school board attorney is researching what the board needs to do, what the timeline needs to be,” said Jacoby.
They expect to have the plans finished by next month.