Lawry Pleads No Contest To Reduced Charges
Papillion, NE - Former Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry Friday pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges, instead of her original felony theft charges.
Lawry could face anything from probation to two-and-a-half years in prison when she's sentenced in December.
She also pleaded no contest to official misconduct, another misdemeanor.
Lawry was arrested in May--and fired from her $90,000 a year job--after investigators found she had taken money for meals from a senior citizens' center and gone shopping. She's also in trouble for charging the city of Gretna for the cost of getting her master's degree--while keeping about $3,000 for herself.
Before her arrest, Lawry was the focus of a state audit. That report showed Lawry charged more than $5,000 for personal items on her city credit card from October 2010 to January 2012. She paid back those bills, but the auditor said it could be considered improper financial gain.
Lawry faces more charges in county court, for not having a certificate for a gun that former Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey reportedly gave her.
Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, email@example.com