A punishment trial is set this week for a former municipal judge for the City of Lone Oak, who pleaded no contest to a charge alleging she misused money belonging to the city.
A jury in the 196th District Court will decide the sentence for Lisa Marie Brown, who was indicted on one count of abuse of official capacity.
Brown, 57, entered an open no contest plea to the charge June 29.
An open plea means no plea bargain agreement has been arranged in the case and that Brown is subject to the full range of punishment.
The indictment alleged that on or about Feb. 18, 2014, during the time Brown served as municipal judge, she “intentionally or knowingly misused government property”, which belonged to the City of Lone Oak, “by withholding cash deposits, or diverting the money for personal use.”
The amount of the allegedly misappropriated funds was said to be between $1,500 and $20,000.
The charge is punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of up to two years in a state jail and a optional fine of up to $10,000.