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Former city council members are now in jail

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Two former Monroe City Council members went to jail Monday after they were convicted on multiple charges earlier this year. Arthur Gilmore and Robert Stevens were charged for bribery and extortion. Stevens pled guilty and Gilmore went to court. Our Nolan Crane spoke with Gilmore's attorney who is still appealing the conviction.

Attorney Charles Kincade says his client Arthur Gilmore who was sentenced to 24 months in prison should be a free man. The judicial system felt otherwise. He was convicted of racketeering for accepting cash bribe payments while a member of the Monroe City Council. Robert Stevens pled guilty to the charges and was given a 20 month sentence. Although Gilmore was given a 24 month sentence Kincade says it could have been worse but he also thinks two years is still too long.

"We don't believe Mr. Gilmore was guilty of anything. We think he was innocent and we think that ultimately he will be exonerated. We are not going to give up this fight. I mean we are going to continue to fight the fight. He was acquitted on one count at the trial and on the count that he was convicted of he was only convicted of the bare minimum two counts on that. We felt good on that result to that extent but we are going to keep prosecuting the appeal and we feel that we'll be successful," said Kincade.

Charles Kincade wouldn't tell us what prison Arthur Gilmore or Robert Stevens are now in because of privacy and safety precautions. After they serve their sentences in jail each man will also have three years of supervised release.

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