Terry Mayor Resigns Following an Open Plea of Guilty for Embezzlement

> Jackson, MS— Roderick Nicholson appeared before Rankin County Circuit Court Judge William E. Chapman III today and entered an open plea of guilty to five counts of embezzlement by a public official, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
> Judge Chapman set Nicholson’s sentencing time and date for 9 a.m. on December 7. During the process of this plea, Nicholson resigned from his office as Mayor. Nicholson faces a possible sentence of up to 100 years behind bars, 20 years for each count.
> Nicholson was arrested March 30 by special agents from the Auditor’s Office and investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division following an indictment by a Rankin County Grand Jury on five counts of embezzlement. Nicholson used the city’s credit card to pay for repairs totaling over $2,700 on two personal vehicles. The work was done on five separate occasions at dealerships in Brandon and Flowood.
> The case was jointly investigated by the Auditor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.