TBILISI, Georgia, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Three military officials were sentenced to prison Monday in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi for their roles in a mutiny attempt, a lawyer in the trial said.
Attorney Gela Nikolaishvili told RIA Novosti that military officials Koba Otanadze, Levan Amiridze and Shota Gorgiashvili all received lengthy prison sentences for trying to overthrow the Georgian government by using force May 5.
The mutiny attempt involving military troops came to an end after Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili made a personal plea to the soldiers to surrender.
Both Otanadze and Amiridze were wounded and captured while attempting to flee Georgia for nearby South Ossetia.
Nikolaishvili said Gorgiashvili received a 19-year prison sentence, while Otanadze and Amiridze were sentenced to 29 and 28 years respectively.
Another 15 military officers also received prison sentences ranging between 3 to 15 years for their part in the mutiny attempt, RIA Novosti reported.
Two officers avoided jail time altogether.