Coast attorney pleads guilty to embezzlement

Coast attorney pleads guilty to embezzlement

CLARKSDALE, MS (WLOX) - A Bay St. Louis attorney admits he embezzled from an American Legion post.

WLOX News has confirmed Morgan Shands pleaded guilty Monday to stealing $370,000 from the bingo hall operated inside a Cleveland, Mississippi American Legion post.

Shands entered his guilty plea in a Clarksdale courtroom and was immediately taken into custody. Brett Singletary, an attorney for the American Legion post, expects Shands to serve at least half of 5-year prison sentence. Singletary said a grand jury indicted Shands two years ago.

Singletary noted the name Morgan Shands may be familiar to people who follow state politics. Several years ago, Shands ran Billy Hewes' unsuccessful Lt. Governor campaign.

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