White Hall mayor pleads guilty to theft; to resign

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - White Hall Mayor John Jackson has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge and agreed to resign.

Jackson was charged with felony theft in 2007 for allegedly stealing more than $46,000 from funds the city received in the sale of land for an electronic bingo hall on U.S. 80.

The Alabama Attorney General's Office released a statement Monday that Jackson had pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge and agreed to resign as mayor with three days.

Attorney General Troy King said Jackson also agreed to pay more than $46,000 in restitution and to not run for public office for two years.

King said sentencing will be Dec. 2.

Jackson did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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