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Putnam Co. Chief Magistrate candidate disqualified, faces 3 charges

Putnam County Board of Elections says a candidate for the Chief Magistrate election in May has been disqualified. That man -- Stephen Eagleton -- is now facing three charges: two for making false statements, one for false swearing/Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

PUTNAM CO., Ga. -- Putnam County Board of Elections says a candidate for the Chief Magistrate election in May has been disqualified. That man -- Stephen Eagleton -- is now facing three felony charges: two for making false statements, one for false swearing.

The position recently opened when Ellen Pierce died in a car accident on March 31.

Eagleton was ruled disqualified Thursday when a hearing was held for a charge filed against him by Frank Ford, husband of challenger Dorothy Adams. Ford's charge stems from what he says is a false address related to Eagleton.

The board said that after taking evidence from Eagleton and Ford, it voted unanimously to disqualify Eagleton as a candidate.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Howard Sills was investigating Eagleton prior to the hearing. He found alleged false statements made by Eagleton, which he presented at Thursday's hearing.

WGXA talked with Eagleton Monday afternoon about an hour after he was released from the Putnam Co. Sheriff's Office on $3,000 bond. He claims the allegations are "all about winning."

Sills told WGXA Monday he's simply trying to uphold the law.


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