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Former Coke secretary's conviction upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and eight-year prison sentence of a former Coca-Cola Co. secretary found guilty of conspiring to steal trade secrets from the world's biggest beverage company.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and eight-year prison sentence of a former Coca-Cola Co. secretary found guilty of conspiring to steal trade secrets from the world's biggest beverage company.

The lawyer for Joya Williams claimed the presiding judge cut off cross-examination of a key witness and gave improper instructions to the jury. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinion reached March 20 and published Monday, disagreed.

The court also found Williams' sentence reasonable compared to a two-year sentence for one of her co-defendants, Edmund Duhaney, given his cooperation.

The appeals judges also upheld a five-year sentence handed the other co-defendant, Ibrahim Dimson.