Former New Roads mayor avoids jail time but gets probation, fines
NEW ROADS – Robert Myer, the former mayor, avoided jail time in sentencing Tuesday morning related to his October no contest plea on malfeasance in office charges.
"We made the best decision for the City of New Roads to move forward," Myer said as he left court. "I feel good about that and my time as mayor here and all the progress we were able to make."
Myer never apologized for what he did.
Myer was sentenced to one year of felony probation, must pay $1,800 in restitution for personal purchases charged to the city's credit card, another $7,300 for the cost of the investigation into his actions and must report to a probation officer. Myer avoids jail time in the sentence, details of which were first reported by WBRZ.com and WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto.
Soon after his plea last year, Myer submitted his resignation to the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.
Myer will remain on probation for one year and will be forbidden from running for public office in New Roads.
His attorney said Myer is done with politics.
"I think it should send a message to other officials on how to use city funds properly and document them properly, that's really what happened here," Steven Moore, Myer's attorney said.
Prosecutors though painted a very different picture of what happened.
"When you're buying underwear, mattresses, I don't think you can relate a public interest in you buying your underwear," Prosecutor Tony Clayton said. "I just don't buy that."