Jonestown Mayor Faces 100 Years in Jail

JONESTOWN, MS (Ben Caxton) — The mayor of Jonestown faces up to 100 years in prison for allegedly embezzling water bill payments and a city police firearm. Kenneth Lester was indicted by a Coahoma County grand jury on five counts of felony embezzlement, four of those for allegedly stealing money. The first indictment alleges that Lester, while serving as mayor, took money residents paid for water bills and water line repairs for his own use between July 2017 and August 2018. A separate indictment alleges that Lester accepted a city-owned Glock handgun from an employee and pawned it for cash while he was the acting mayor of Jonestown. If convicted, Lester faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $5000 on each count.


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