Jonestown Mayor Won’t Resign Amid Felony Charges

JONESTOWN, MS (Ben Caxton) — Facing five felony charges, Kenny Lester says he will not step down as mayor of Jonestown. Earlier this month a Coahoma County Grand Jury indicted Lester for embezzling $331 that residents paid for water bills between July 2017 and August 2018 and for pawning a city-owned handgun for cash. If convicted, Lester faces up to 100 years in prison and fines of $25,000. Lester was one of 45 people indicted this month by the Grand Jury, which meets twice a year.



4 Comments on "Jonestown Mayor Won’t Resign Amid Felony Charges"

  1. 100 years for $331 and pawning a handgun. When white people have embezzled millions and get a slap on the wrist. Here we go with the modern day lynching.

  2. Surely if convicted this man would not face 100 years in jail. Was that a typo? I’m an outsider but I would think some things to be considered are: was this first offense? Was the mayor going through a crisis of some kind? Although I think he should resign from office if guilty, I do not find 100 years in prison or even $25,000 fine appropriate for first time offense.

  3. If the DA can prove he embezzled a whopping $331.00, and prove he “pawned” ( or sold) the Glock, then the money is $700.00, tops. OK then, he repays the money, along with a reasonable fine, and he finds a new job. Case closed.

    I take it that the DA and the Mayor don’t play golf together…

  4. Perhaps they mean pay off the $700 dollars and spend 100 days in jail. I am not a lawyer, but I would think 100 years would be for a premeditated murder, rape or aggravated assault. Consider the crimes that the criminals in Congress have committed. If this man serves the time stated in the news, surely the DA is not his golf buddy. I have known people who committed worst crimes and served short probation time. Too bad the same crimes for the rich famous are not for the poor.

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