Ex-Mo. lawyer takes plea deal in Utah brochure theft case

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 31, 2015 at 5:11 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who once ran for Congress in Missouri and was accused of commercial terrorism in Utah has agreed to a plea deal.

The Deseret News reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1fSazAO) that 38-year-old Scott Jay Eckersley has pleaded no contest to reduced charges in the case.

Prosecutors said he removed brochures from a competitor's display at a Midway resort several times and replaced them with his own.

Under the terms of the deal, the charges will be dismissed if Eckersley pays restitution, completes anger management classes and stays out of trouble for 18 months.

His lawyer David Brickey says the deal is a good outcome.

Eckersley previously served as a staff attorney in the Missouri governor's office, but was fired in a high-profile spat that sparked a lawsuit settled in 2009.

He also ran unsuccessfully for Congress.

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