- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

OLD MONROE, Mo. (AP) - The mayor of the small eastern Missouri town of Old Monroe has pleading guilty to felony charges for causing a drunk-driving crash last summer, a plea that required him to give up his elected position.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1Ty3DMi ) reports that 36-year-old Michael Padella was given a four-year jail term but the sentence was suspended under a plea agreement approve Thursday. He was placed on five years of probation and ordered to serve 120 days house arrest and attend a treatment program.

Padella had been mayor for 10 years before resigning May 18. Missouri law prohibits convicted felons from holding elective office.

Padella caused a wreck on Sept. 12 in St. Peters that injured two other people. He says he hasn’t had a drink since the accident.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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