ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Former Albert Lea City Manager Jim Norman says he plans to appeal a jury’s guilty verdict on seven counts tied to misusing the city-issued credit card for personal purchases.
Norman says it’s his belief that justice wasn’t served following a week-long trial that ended Friday.
The Albert Lea Tribune reported that the 57-year-old Norman didn’t show much emotion as the verdict was read other than turning red in the face.
Six of the seven counts were felonies, and Norman will face sentencing within 45 days.
Prosecutors say Norman made purchases on the city credit card for feminine hygiene products, pet supplies, a refrigerator, women’s shoes and home garbage service.
Norman’s attorney, Peggy Rockow, argued that the state failed to show proof beyond a reasonable doubt on each count.
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