COTTON VALLEY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The Mayor of Cotton Valley will spend one year in prison for his conviction on two counts of abuse of office.
Joseph Alexander was sentenced on Friday in Webster District Court to four years at hard labor with all but one year suspended for each count to run concurrently.
In May 2018, Alexander was arrested by Louisiana State Police after being accused on two different occasions of mishandling town funds in 2017.
Alexander was found guilty in June on the charges. According to representatives from the Webster Parish District Attorney’s Office, Alexander used his power as mayor to get out of being arrested for marijuana possession on Feb. 25, 2017 and when he asked the town clerk for a $500 check for his personal travel on Nov. 14, 2017.
Judge Parker Self also granted Alexander a $5,000 appeal bond so he doesn’t have to do his one year right now, pending the outcome of his appeal.
When Alexander is released from jail he will also be on probation for three years.