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February 19--  A former Vidalia attorney and federal prosecutor has been given jail time for aggravated stalking.

rickthompsonjailshotLast Friday 62-year-old Rick Thompson was sentenced to three years in prison with the remainder of his 20-year sentence to be served on probation.

Superior Court Judge Stephen G. Scarlett passed sentence on Thompson following a bench trial in Brunswick January 31.

Last summer Thompson violated a restraining order to stay away from his former girlfriend Mary Ella Kent and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Glynn County where they resided.  He was arrested in Toombs County July 27 where he was found on a county road sitting in his car with a pistol to his head.

Judge Scarlett's order warns Thompson he will serve the remainder of his prison sentence should he make any contact with Kent or her family or violate any terms of his probation which includes a prohibition on entering the confines of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit.

Thompson was named U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia by President George W. Bush in 2001 and resigned three years later after he was found to have abused his authority by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him Chairman of the State Board of Workers Compensation from 2009 to 2013.  Later he was a partner with a workers' compensation law firm and was living on St. Simon's Island.

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