Ex-Attorney Pleads Guilty in Forgery Case

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) -- A former attorney who practiced law in the Phenix City and Columbus, Ga., areas has avoided prison time by pleading guilty to a felony charge of possession of a forged instrument.

Dana Posey Gentry entered the plea during a court hearing in Lee County Circuit Court.

Judge Brady Mendheim gave Gentry a suspended 10-year sentence, with five years of supervised probation in the September 2011 case.

Gentry was accused of giving his clients a forged court order showing they were awarded $60,000 more in damages than they actually were after a November 2009 trial before Judge Jacob A. Walker III of Lee County Circuit Court.

Gentry has been disbarred in Alabama and Georgia, where he practiced law in Columbus.

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