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Former Gene Autry Mayor Sentenced to Prison


CARTER COUNT, OK-- Former Gene Autry Mayor Katherine McQuistion was sentenced to 10 years behind bars Thursday after she was found guilty for mishandling thousands of dollars of public money.

Last month, our cameras were rolling as McQuistion was handcuffed and taken into custody after being convicted on embezzlement charges.

Prosecutors say McQuistion mishandled more than $140,000 Gene Autry funds over a 12 month period from January 2014 to January 2015.

At the time, she was the only municipal official in the small town.    

Thursday, Judge Thomas Baldwin set the heavy sentence along with $144,000 in restitution. 

"I thinks she deserved the maximum sentence given the amount of money that was embezzled and, this should be a warning and a message of those that misappropriate money that there's a serious consequence to that," District Attorney Craig Ladd said.