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Dec 13, 2011 5:59 AM by Chris Welty

Conviction, Sentence of Richwood's EX-Mayor Upheld

MONROE, La. (AP) - A state appeal court has upheld the
conviction and sentence of former Richwood Mayor Ed Harris.
Harris was convicted in 2010 of malfeasance in office after
illegally writing more than $90,000 in checks to himself and other
employees during the last hours of his administration. Harris left
office in 2008 after losing an election to Steve Hunter.
Hunter was sentenced to five years in prison at hard labor, but
4th Judicial District Judge Wilson Rambo suspended Harris' jail
sentence in favor of five years of supervised probation and
restitution to the town of Richwood of $65,360.
Harris appealed his conviction, claiming insufficiency of
evidence, but The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/unuuVh ) that
the state Second Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed the conviction
and sentence in an opinion released Friday.

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