AUGUSTA (WJBF) – Former Commissioner Sammie Sias has been denied a new trial.

His attorney filed paperwork March 9th alleging he received “ineffective assistance of counsel during the pre-indictment, pretrial, and trial phases of the case.”

Sias was convicted July 29, 2022 of obstruction of justice and making a false statement to a federal agent.

Early last month, the City of Augusta chose to remove the former commissioners name from a city street sign.

Sias is scheduled to be sentenced June 20th at 10:00 a.m. before Chief Judge J. Randall Hall.