ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The former manager of the Foothills Regional Airport near Morganton has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy, embezzlement and money laundering.
The Hickory Daily Record reported (http://bit.ly/1gCsAhq ) that Nelson is one of three airport officials who pleaded guilty. Nelson had pleaded guilty Sept. 24, 2012.
Nelson had faced up to 35 years in prison. He also must serve three years of supervised release after he is freed from prison. He also must may nearly $180,000 in restitution.
U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger said in court in Asheville on Tuesday that Nelson had abused taxpayers' trust.
Defense attorney Jack Stewart said corruption was occurring at the airport before Nelson arrived and he thought that was the way business was done.
Nelson apologized and accepted responsibility.
Information from: The Hickory Daily Record, http://www.hickoryrecord.com