Hancock County

Longo found not guilty

A Hancock County jury has found Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo not guilty of embezzlement today.

The verdict ends a three-day trial. The jury needed only about three hours to reach a decision.

Longo’s attorney, Donald Rafferty, in his closing arguments said the three-term mayor had authorization to use his Ford Excursion for business and he sometimes drove it because of his physical disabilities.

Rafferty said the state did not prove the fuel wasn’t used for city business.

Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker, in closing arguments, said public officials must be held accountable to the standards of the law and Longo stole $1,100 from the city when he used his Fuelman card to put diesel in his personal vehicle in 2008 and 2009.

“He didn’t do it once, he didn’t do it twice, he did it 20 times,” Parker said.

Read more about this story in Saturday's Sun Herald.