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New Roads Mayor Robert Myer, center, leaves the Iberville Parish Courthouse with his attorneys Steven Moore, left, and Victor Woods, right, Thursday, October 19, 2017, in Plaquemine, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Embattled New Roads Mayor Robert Myer has officially submitted his letter of resignation, in part of a plea deal he reached with district prosecutors Thursday.

His resignation stems from allegations he misused city-issue credit cards and used his position to coerce city employees into actions for his personal gain.

The embattled mayor must also repay the city any outstanding money he owes for personal charges he made with the credit cards and pay additional court costs and legal fees that will be determined at his Jan. 9 sentencing date.

"It has been an honor to serve the city of New Roads over the past seven years and help it to grow and prosper," read the succinct letter. 

Myer entered a no contest plea to one count of malfeasance in office as part of deal, which was hashed out Thursday evening in Plaquemine.

He was set to go trial Jan. 16 after being indicted last year on nine counts of malfeasance in office and a count of abuse of office.

A no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea in criminal court but would not be an admission of guilt in civil court. Myer will avoid a year in jail and be placed on probation instead.

He would not comment to reporters Thursday evening as he left the courthouse. His attorney, Steven Moore, spoke on his behalf, describing the court proceedings as an "emotional time" for Myer.

"Robert wanted it to end this way," Moore said. "The plea agreement was made in order for Robert and the city of New Roads to move on. He's only had the best interest at heart for New Roads."

Information from The Advocate staff report Terry L. Jones was used in this report.