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Ex-Gaston mayor pleads guilty, has apparent heart attack

Larry Sharpe Larry Sharpe
Jennifer Poole Jennifer Poole
Jessica Poole Jessica Poole
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

The former mayor of Gaston is in the hospital recovering from an apparent heart attack during a hearing in which he pleaded guilty to felony breach of trust, according to his attorney.

Weeks after two others accused of misappropriating the town's funds pleaded guilty, Larry Sharpe, 65, who was expected by many to fight the charges, told a judge on Friday he was guilty of felony breach of trust with fraudulent intent of more than $5,000.

Moments after the hearing, Sharpe was taken to the hospital and admitted.

Sharpe's lawyer, Jan Strifling, says the ex-mayor likely had a heart attack during the court proceeding. Sharpe was scheduled for surgery Monday, Strifling said.

The town's former administrator Jennifer Poole pleaded guilty on October 15 to felony breach of trust with fraudulent intent of more than $5,000.

Poole's daughter, Jessica, was the former court clerk. She also pleaded guilty on October 1 to felony breach of trust.

Prosecutor Robert Elam says problems with the town's finances were discovered when Poole retired in 2007.

All three face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 when they are sentenced.

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