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Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope arrives at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse for the start of his trial Monday, September 24, 2018, in Lafayette, La.

Two years after a jury found Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope guilty on three felony counts of malfeasance in office, his sentencing date is set.

Pope is scheduled to appear Thursday before 15th Judicial District Court Judge David Smith for sentencing.

The state supreme court last week refused to hear his case after an appeals court upheld the October 2018 conviction.

A jury found Pope guilty in October 2018 on four felony counts stemming in part from a videotaped deposition in which Lafayette attorney Gary McGoffin grilled Pope as part of a lawsuit filed over his refusal to hand over public records to The Independent newspaper.

Three of the convictions were for malfeasance involving the use of public funds to pay attorneys for personal and prohibited reasons, such as trying to get the divorce file of a candidate for sheriff unsealed, and one for perjury during the deposition.

Smith in June 2019 dismissed the perjury conviction, but let stand the three malfeasance convictions. He sentenced Pope to a year in the Lafayette Parish jail for each of the three counts, suspending all but one year. He also sentenced Pope to 240 hours of community service and ordered him to pay $11,700 in restitution.

Pope was suspended without pay in October 2018 when he was convicted and while his appeals were pending.

Pope still faces 19 felony charges of malfeasance in office. Seventeen of them are for accepting about $85,000 in fines and court fees in 2018 to supplement his salary despite a Louisiana Attorney General's Office opinion advising the money should be deposited into the marshal's office account. Two others are related to reimbursements in 2018 for travel on official business which he deposited in his personal account instead of in the City Marshal's Office account.


Email Claire Taylor at ctaylor@theadvocate.com.