Trial for Columbia councilman scheduled for late October

1 month 1 week 3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:00:36 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager

COLUMBIA - The trial for Columbia Fourth Ward councilman Ian Thomas is scheduled for October 24, with a pre-trial conference set for a week prior.

Prosecutors charged Thomas in early September with attempting to commit an act prohibited by an elected official, a misdemeanor. Thomas is accused of offering a favorable vote to a developer in exchange for a donation to the city.

Thomas admitted in a newsletter he made an error in judgement, but doesn't believe his actions constitute a crime. He said when he learned his actions may be illegal, he canceled the proposal and self-reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

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