SOUTHAVEN, Miss.–It’s two and a half years in the pen for former Southaven mayor Greg Davis on charges he embezzled taxpayer money and that he illegally bought an SUV from the city. But Thursday he left prison and could possibly be out for two years before he starts serving that sentence.
The reason: Davis was granted a bond on $25,000 and will be out while he appeals his sentence.
He was found guilty in a criminal trial in June. The sentence came Thursday and he got out of jail the same day.
Davis was already ordered to pay the money he misused back to the taxpayers of Southaven by the state auditor’s office. He’s been fighting the demand. That demand was originally issued against Davis in November 2011 in the amount of $170,782.28. He paid back $96,000 and currently under court order to pay the additional $73,915.27 the Auditor demanded.
“This has been a long investigation and process but I am pleased with today’s ruling and hope it will bring some closure to the citizens of Southaven,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering in June when Davis was found guilty.
That closure may not come until Davis either serves his sentence or repays the money.
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