Judge reduces sentence for Adams County paving business owner convicted of more than $1 million fraud

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By The Staff

BRIGHTON — Adams County District Court Judge Steven Eugene Shinn on June 2 reduced the sentence of former Quality Paving owner, Jerry Lee Rhea, to six years in prison. 

The reduction in sentence came despite objections by the District Attorney’s office. 

Rhea, convicted in 2012 on 23 counts of theft, conspiracy and attempting to influence a public servant, had been sentenced to nine years in prison. For sentencing purposes, the 23 counts merged into five more serious felony counts. Rhea also was ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution. 

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