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ONLY ON 3: Victim in Murray Co. Judge scandal talks

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From left: attorney Stuart James, Angela Garmley and attorney McCracken Poston talk with Channel 3 reporter Matt Barbour. From left: attorney Stuart James, Angela Garmley and attorney McCracken Poston talk with Channel 3 reporter Matt Barbour.

For the first time the North Georgia woman at the center of a corrupt judge investigation is talking only to Channel 3.

Former Murray County magistrate Bryant Cochran was sentenced to five years in federal prison on conspiracy charges.

He was found guilty of orchestrating the drug arrest of Angela Garmley.

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Three years ago Bryant Cochran had Angela Garmley arrested after she went public with the claim he would help her out on a court case if she gave him sex in return. Garmley says there is not a day that goes by that she does not think about the case but says she is slowly putting the pain and criticism behind her.

"It's still hard to believe that it happened to me," says Angela Garmley.

Angela Garmley says being propositioned for sex was the last thing she expected when she went to Bryant Cochran for help on an assault case in April 2012.
 
"He wanted a mistress and he thought that I would make a good one. My thoughts were, at first I was shocked, like, 'Could this be real?'"

She did not know what to do.  
 
"I felt very trapped," she says.

After admittedly texting him and sending him photos, she had second thoughts and blew the whistle. "Once it all got out in the open that's when I had drugs planted on my car," says Garmley.

In August 2012, she was pulled over by Murray County deputies. A magnetic case full of meth was found under her car.
 
"At some point, everyone liked judge Cochran. So I just knew that there was no win for me. That no one was going to believe me," says Garmley.

She says Cochran knew she was an easy target.
 
"I do believe that he preyed on me," she says.

She says he knew she was dealing with a meth problem.
 
"At one point I did have an addiction. And I've overcome that."

Federal investigators later found Cochran pressured a friend of his and two people in the Murray County Sheriff's Office to orchestrate the arrest.
    
In May of 2014, Cochran was indicted and in December his case when to trial, where he was found guilty on six federal charges.

In July of this year he was sentenced to five years in prison.  

"What I went through the past three years will always stick with me," says Garmley.
    
She says she still gets stares and nasty comments thrown at her from time to time. But she says the turmoil was worth it. 
 
"I'm glad no other woman will have to experience what I experienced."

She says she can hold her head high.
 
"I'm on the right track. And taking it day by day. And doing great," says Garmley.

Garmley says she also wants to thank her attorneys, Stuart James and McCracken Poston.

Cochran's attorney says Garmley was the true aggressor. He is appealing the case, which was also featured on the new NBC show Crime Watch Daily. It airs Monday through Friday at 3:00pm  on Channel 3.

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