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Janis Fullilove indicted on misdemeanor charges

Janis Fullilove in a mugshot released Wednesday by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Janis Fullilove in a mugshot released Wednesday by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

By Nick Kenney - bio | email and Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove was indicted on misdemeanor charges by a grand jury Tuesday.

Shelby County prosecutor Bill Gibbons announced the indictments Wednesday, which charge Fullilove with claiming she lost her Tennessee driver's license in order to get a duplicate issued in March 2008, knowing that her original license had been seized by a DeSoto County, Miss., deputy.

The offense is classified as a Class A misdemeanor.

The Shelby County grand jury also indicted Fullilove on a charge of driving on a revoked license, a class B misdemeanor, and unlawfully using a state-issued driver's license, a class C misdemeanor.

"It is our intention to hold her accountable in accordance with our state laws," Gibbons said. said. "I'm going to leave it at that."

If convicted on all charges, Fullilove would face up to 19 months in jail and $3,000 in fines.

Fullilove pleaded guilty to first offense DUI and careless driving on Feb. 4.

Fullilove was arrested Wednesday at her home. She was taken to Jail East, where she later posted $500 bond and was released just before 1:30pm.  She was rushed by news cameras and did not comment.

News of Fullilove's arrest caught many voters in District 8 off guard.

"I can't say that she's not a good person, but you just can't do wrong," District 8 resident Andrew Banks said.

Despite the charges against Fullilove, voters like Gloria Williams said what's important is the job she's doing representing the district.

"We all make mistakes, but as far as the job, she is doing a pretty good job," Williams said.

While Wednesday wasn't Fullilove's first time behind bars, some voters said her recent problems are something they'll definitely keep in mind the next time they vote.

"I'm not going to say I wouldn't vote for her, but she just made a bad mistake," Banks said.

"Would I vote for her? I don't know it's hard to say," voter Karl Chambers said.

Others said they would continue to support the councilwoman no matter what.

"We all have someone in our family that has issues," Williams said. "They may not be as severe as hers, but we all need to pitch in and help each other and not judge each other."

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