No new trial for ex-housing official

By The Associated Press

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to throw out the conviction of the former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Glen H. Davidson sentenced 58-year-old Ann Jefferson to 32 months in prison on Aug. 2 and ordered her to pay more than $41,000 in restitution. She asked to have the conviction thrown out. Davidson rejected that request in an order this week.

Jefferson must report by Sept. 10 to begin serving her sentence at the minimum-security women’s Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville, Ill.

Jefferson was found guilty in March of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation. Prosecutors say Jefferson converted money from several housing authority accounts to her own use. She also was accused of retaliating against three witnesses.