BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in a bribery case that resulted in charges against several other Louisiana elected officials.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge ordered Nelson to report to prison by Feb. 20.
A jury convicted Nelson in June of racketeering, wire fraud and other charges. Prosecutors said Nelson accepted more than $22,000 in bribes from undercover agents promoting a fictitious garbage can-cleaning business called Cifer 5000 in exchange for his pledge to help them secure municipal business.
Nelson was the second public official convicted of charges stemming from the undercover probe. Jurors convicted former White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown in March.