Editor's note: this story originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune Oct. 2, 2003.
Jay Lee, former mayor of Virgin, will serve no jail time for his guilty pleas to two misdemeanors involving misuse of city funds. In a hearing Wednesday heavily attended by residents of the southwestern Utah town, 5th District Judge James Shumate sentenced Lee to concurrent terms of one year in jail,
then stayed the sentence and ordered him to serve 36 months probation.
Lee originally had been charged with second-degree felony misuse of public funds and a misdemeanor count of witness tampering. In an Aug. 28 plea agreement, Deputy Washington County Attorney Paul Christensen reduced the charges to class A misdemeanor attempted misuse of public funds and attempted witness tampering. Lee pleaded no contest to the first count and guilty to the second. He had resigned as mayor the day before.