Snellville, Georgia, Mayor Tom Witts will enter a plea deal that will allow him to avoid jail time after being charged with 65 felonies related to tax evasion and misusage of campaign funds.
Witts, 70, was ordered to serve six months of house arrest, 10 years of probation, and pay $40,000 in delinquent taxes. However, he was able to avoid jail time, in part, because he was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. He did not resign from his post as mayor following the charges, but has been suspended.
Witts reportedly had an illegal business relationship between the city and his personal business, with the original 66 counts including allegations of tax evasion, lying on candidacy documents about owing taxes, and misusing campaign funds.
65 of the counts were felonies, with the one misdemeanor being for purchasing a pornography subscription using campaign funds.
He was allowed to file under first offender under the condition that he now resigns and never again seeks public office.