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Leslie DeWitt will remain in jail while appeal moves forward

Leslie DeWitt (Photo source: Hancock County jail docket) Leslie DeWitt (Photo source: Hancock County jail docket)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The former Hancock High basketball coach found guilty of having an inappropriate relationship with a student will remain in jail while attorneys appeal her conviction.

Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois just denied Leslie Danielle DeWitt’s motion for bond pending appeal. Last week, Bourgeois denied DeWitt’s request for a new trial and reduced sentence.

The three-page ruling by Bourgeois is quite clear. The judge determined DeWitt’s pattern of behavior created a special danger to other potential victims.

Consequently, he denied her request to obtain bail while defense attorneys appeal her conviction.

DeWitt was found guilty on two counts of unlawful touching of a minor. That minor was once a player on her basketball team.

DeWitt received a 30-year prison sentence. Her attorney vows to have the guilty verdict overturned.

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