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Clay County auditor admits felony conviction

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Newly elected Clay County auditor William James Norris admits that he pleaded guilty to a felony for aggravated stalking in 2006.

During his campaign last year, Norris said in a sworn statement that he was not a convicted felon.

But Norris told The Kansas City Star Monday that he pleaded guilty in 2006 to a felony count of aggravated stalking in Grundy County. He was placed on probation for five years. He said the case stemmed from a relationship that ended badly.

The Star reports that it’s unclear what effect the admission will have on Norris’ ability to serve as county auditor. Norris says he won’t resign.

A Missouri law says no person who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony is qualified to hold elective office.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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