Former Columbus councilman loses appeal

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has rejected former Columbus councilman Kamal Karriem’s appeal of the revocation of his probation for testing positive for cocaine.

Karriem was given five years’ probation and a 10-year suspended sentence in November 2005 after pleading guilty to charges of misusing city property.

Prosecutors say Karriem failed a drug test in 2008 and tested positive for cocaine use.

A judge revoked Karriem’s probation and reinstated the 10-year sentence. In 2009, a judge dismissed Karriem’s motion to have the question reheard.

The Appeals Court rejected Karriem’s claim that he didn’t voluntarily plead guilty to the earlier embezzlement charges and that his attorney should have done a better job.

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