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Jonestown Mayor Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Jackson – Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced Jonestown Mayor Kenneth Lester entered a guilty plea Friday in CoahomaCounty Circuit Court on four counts of embezzlement for converting various public funds for his own use.

“Public officials are entrusted to be good stewards of taxpayermoney,” General Fitch said. “My office will always protect thecitizens of Mississippi from those that take advantage of theirpositions of public trust.”

In his plea, Lester, 46, admitted he embezzled a firearm fromthe Jonestown Police Department and converted it to his ownuse. Judge Charles E. Webster sentenced Lester to two years inMississippi Department of Corrections custody suspended, twoyears probation, $777 in restitution to the City of Jonestown, a $500 fine, and other courtcosts. Lester was also required to resign by 5 pm yesterday.

This case was investigated by Investigator Clint Hatch of the Attorney General’s PublicIntegrity unit and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brad Oberhousen.

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