- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson Jr.’s 10-year prison stint stemming from his convictions in an FBI sting will stand after a federal appellate court found no problems with the judge’s sentence. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Friday.

The sting also netted the convictions of ex-St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace, former White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown, ex-Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis and other area municipal officials.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1Qtf9Fv) Grace and Brown are serving federal prison terms of 20 years and 10 years, respectively. Lewis was sentenced to 40 months.

Nelson was found guilty in 2011 of accepting more than $22,000 in cash and other gifts for his pledge of a municipal contract, which was to have gone to a fictitious garbage can cleaning business called Cifer 5000.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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