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Greenbrier Mayor Pleads Guilty To Official Misconduct

Greenbrier Mayor Pleads Guilty To Official Misconduct

CREATED Jan 24, 2014

GREENBRIER, Tenn. - The mayor of Greenbrier has pleaded guilty to official misconduct after being accused of stealing $60,000 from the Toys for Tots charity he founded.

Mayor Billy Wilson appeared in court Friday morning at a settlement hearing on Friday. As part of the settlement, the theft count was dismissed.

Wilson was given one year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution, with the money going to "Robertson County kids."

He is not allowed to hold office or go about City Hall, the fire department, police department or city garage during his year on probation.

A one-year sentence was suspended.

Attorney Jeff Walker said Wilson admitted to spending money from the charity account, but would not admit to theft. 

"We are acknowledging while we didn't commit theft we did inappropriately pay directly from the Toys for Tots account money for personal expenses," said Walker. 

Wilson had refused to step down from his post when the accusations first came out, despite the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voting to relieve him of most of his duties and suspend him from his position as chief of the local volunteer fire department.

As part of the plea agreement to keep Wilson out of jail, he has agreed to resign as mayor Friday. 

Wilson had been mayor since 2004, and town officials said the board did not have the power to force him to resign.

Despite the accusations against Wilson, he has many supporters in the town of 6,500, where people said Wilson is always quick to help anyone in need. A "Support Greenbrier Mayor Billy Wilson" Facebook page has 671 likes.

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