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West gets suspended sentence for mishandling funeral funds

NATCHEZ — Former Natchez Alderman Theodore “Bubber” West has been given a suspended sentence after entering an open plea to charges he failed to put money from prepaid funeral policies into a proper trust.

The attorney general’s office says West’s open plea meant that he refused to accept the state’s recommended sentence and threw himself on the mercy of the court.

Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson July 29 sentenced West to 10 years on each of three counts, all suspended. West was placed on house arrest for one year with five years post release supervision.

West must pay restitution of $12,200 to the three victims within 30 days.

Prosecutors say West did not have a license to sell pre-need funeral policies.

West is the owner of West Funeral Home in Natchez.

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