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Ridgeland attorney sentenced for embezzlement

CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Madison County Circuit Court Judge has sentenced Ridgeland attorney Vann Leonard to 40 years plus one day in jail after he pled guilty to three counts of embezzlement.

The two 20-year sentences will run concurrently, so the sentence is actually 20 years plus one day.

Leonard pled guilty two weeks ago to stealing monies entrusted to him by professional clients and friends.

District Attorney Michael Guest says the money was stolen and spent over the last 3 to 4 years. The DA's office wasn't able to locate any of the money, which totaled more than a half-million-dollars.

Leonard was also ordered to pay $250 per month until all the stolen money is repaid.

A federal judge sentenced Leonard to 41 months April 27th on wire and mail fraud charges.

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