COLUMBUS — A former Cherokee County Prosecutor was found guilty of felony conspiracy charges in Cherokee County District Court Wednesday afternoon.
Jeffrey Pittman, who served as assistant county attorney under JoAnna Derfelt, was found guilty by a jury of five men and seven women of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine, conspiracy to traffic meth in to a correctional facility, use of a communications device to conspire to possess meth and use of a communications device to conspire to traffic meth.
The jury took less than two hours to convict Pittman.
The charges stemmed from a 2009 incident in which Pittman, then serving time in the Cherokee County Jail for manufacturing meth, made two phone calls to April Maggard with whom he was apparently in a relationship, asking her bring a quantity of meth to Steven Beatty, another inmate who was on work-release.
Pittman maintained the calls were an attempt to collect a debt and had nothing to do with drugs — an argument the jury apparently did not buy.
Pittman is scheduled to be sentenced 3 p.m. May 8 in the Cherokee County Courthouse. He is facing a minimum of about two years in prision.