- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) - A judge has reduced the prison sentence of a former mayor convicted of embezzlement.

The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1o5peNN ) reports Rankin County Circuit Judge William Chapman III re-sentenced former Terry Mayor Rod Nicholson to 10 years with nine suspended and one year of house arrest on Monday. Chapman reasoned that it was a mistake to consider allegations in Hinds County for which Nicholson hadn’t been charged when Nicholson was sentenced in December.

Nicolson admitted to using the town’s credit card to pay for repairs on two personal vehicles.

Assistant State Attorney General Stanley Alexander says the new deal is what the state had originally recommended as part of a plea deal, which was rejected because it was filed late.

Chapman amended the original sentence on a motion by Nicholson’s attorney, Damon Stevenson.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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