Ex-mayor of Richwood to be sentenced Monday

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Posted: Jan 23, 2011 12:48 PM
Source: Associated Press

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RICHWOOD, La.- A former northeastern Louisiana mayor is scheduled for sentencing Monday after being convicted of malfeasance in office.

Ed Harris was found guilty in October on a charge that stems from $90,000 the mayor allegedly paid himself and other town employees as he prepared to leave office in 2008.

Harris served as mayor of Richwood for 24 years. After being defeated in 2008, Harris was elected to the Richwood Board of Aldermen in October. He resigned after being convicted.

When Harris took the witness stand during his trial, he said he felt he was entitled to the money he paid himself because he hadn't taken a vacation during his entire tenure as mayor.

Harris faces a maximum sentence of five years and a $5,000 fine.

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