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Gibsland mayor sentenced to prison in malfeasance case

Gibsland mayor sentenced to prison in malfeasance case
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POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:57pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:58pm

Former Gibsland Mayor Odell Key was sentenced to prison on Friday, May 9, after pleading guilty to malfeasance in office, prosecutors from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office announced.

Second Judicial District Court Judge Glenn Fallin sentenced Key to three years at the Louisiana Department of Corrections—two years suspended, and an additional two years of active supervised probation upon completion of his jail sentence.

Key was also fined $5,000 and ordered to pay court costs.

Criminal Division Director Kurt Wall, who prosecuted the case for the Louisiana Department of Justice, said, “Eliminating public corruption has been a top priority of the attorney general’s office. Elected officials must be held to the highest level of accountability.”

Key, 73, pleaded guilty in February to one felony count of malfeasance in office after a May 2013 state legislative audit revealed that Gibsland financial records were missing and that the town owed $80,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

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