SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, but will only spend 2.5 years behind bars.
Davis will be on supervised release for 7.5 years.
A total of 2.5 years was suspended and another 2.5 will be served at the same time he is already behind bars.
Davis was convicted of embezzlement and defrauding the government last month.
Davis will pay back $17,827.14 and a little less than $1,000 in auditor costs on count one.
After his sentencing, Davis was immediately taken into custody, however his attorney filed for a bond, and Davis was released a short time later.
The law allows Davis to remain home with his family, while he appeals his guilty verdict.
Circuit Court Judge Robert Chamberlin could have sentenced Davis to 25 years.
The 2007 Ford Expedition was reportedly valued at $46,000 when Davis paid $11,000 for it when he was mayor.
Davis also reportedly used city gas in his personal vehicle while receiving reimbursements for gas and travel.
During sentencing, attorney Steve Farese said media gave a biased view of the case, and the community was ultra-right wing which tainted the jury, since Davis is gay.
“Seventy percent of republican voters in DeSoto went for McDaniel, an extreme conservative that is so far right, that he has to look left, to see how far right he is,” said Farese.
The judge said there was a fair and impartial jury, that 123 jurors were brought in, of which 68 knew about the case.
According to the judge, 24 potential jurors said they could not be impartial due to media coverage and one said they could not be impartial because Davis is gay.
Prosecutor John Champion told the court Davis never accepted responsibility and if he had, “we may not be here right now.”
Davis will likely remain home for another 2 years while he appeals his verdict, if he loses again, at that point he’ll head to a state prison outside of Jackson.
District Attorney John Champion points out the Federal Government is also investigating, and if they file charges against Davis, which could also affect his bond status in some way.
Champion says because so many people are involved, the case is extremely complicated.