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Convicted Mayor Thompson to remain in jail

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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Convicted Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson will remain in jail without bond until his formal sentencing on November 13th.

Thompson was taken into custody last Friday after a court order was issued. In that court order, the assistant district attorney argued that Thompson was a eminent threat to the community because he was interfering with Jonesboro city government.

Thompson attended a city council meeting last week where he asked the council to appoint his wife to the mayor's position. The council voted in favor of appointing Yoshi Thompson, an appointment the recently appointed fiscal administrator opposed.

Leslie Thompson was taken into custody shortly after Monroe City Judge Tammy Lee administered the oath of office to Yoshi Thompson. Judge Lee has since sent a letter to the secretary of state asking that the oath be declared null and void.

A court hearing was held Monday where witnesses where called to discuss Thompson's actions following his conviction on three malfeasance in office charges and whether he should remain free on bond until sentencing.

Judge Jimmy Teat, who oversaw Thompson's trail, said he would issue a ruling via fax or email on Tuesday afternoon. This afternoon that ruling was issued, and Thompson will remain in custody until sentencing.

The Louisiana Secretary of State's Office tells KNOE 8 News Thompson is suspended without pay as mayor until all appeals are exhausted. If the conviction is upheld, a vacancy of office will be declared. If the conviction is overturned, Thompson would be eligible for back pay.

If the conviction is upheld with less than one year remaining in his current term, a mayor will be appointed until the next general election. Furthermore, the secretary of state is asking the state attorney general to form an opinion on Thompson's wife Yoshi's appointment to the position.


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