Saturday, September 21, 2013

Recently convicted Jonesboro mayor Leslie Thompson was arrested Friday morning after his bond was revoked.

Thompson was convicted earlier this month of three counts of malfeasance in office. He was taken to the Jackson Parish Correctional Center and has a hearing scheduled for Monday.

Prosecuting attorney Lee Hall petitioned for revocation because Thompson was still trying perform his duties as mayor.

Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown said, "When you're convicted of a felony, certain statutes say you can't act in official duties. The (district attorney's) complaint was that he was still trying to perform his duties as mayor."

In a television interview following Monday night's town council meeting, Thompson indicated his wife would be the perfect choice for mayor because of his familiarity with the town's finances.

During Monday's meeting, the town council voted to appoint Yoshi Thompson — Leslie Thompson's wife — as interim mayor. Fiscal administrator Kenneth Folden vetoed that appointment under new powers given to him by the legislature.

While Devin Flowers is the mayor pro tem for Jonesboro, Folden has the final say over any town appointments and spending.

Judge Jimmy Teat will preside over Monday's hearing.

Source: Thenewsstar

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