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A Flint city councilman will learn Monday if he is going to spend the next year in jail.

Councilman Eric Mays entered a plea of ‘no contest’ to a charge of willful neglect of duty in August.

Mays was charged in connection with pawning his city issued lap top computer several times.

This isn’t the first legal issue for Mays. He served three weeks at the Genesee County jail last year for "impaired driving."

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

Genesee County prosecutors are reviewing the case against a Flint city councilman who allegedly pawned his city issued laptop.

Councilman Eric Mays admits he pawned the laptop for $100. He later reclaimed it. He told a Flint-based web news outlet that he didn’t consider pawning the laptop was “criminal.”

“I think it just shows I’m poor,” Mays told Flint Beat. 

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The city of Flint may soon propose new regulations on pawn shops and scrap yards.

Flint police chief James Tolbert says he’s concerned about “the crime behind the crime” of burglaries in the city.

He’s looking at a new ordinance for city pawn shops and scrap yards.

“We’re working on a way where we can better monitor what goes in and goes out,” says Tolbert, though he declined to say exactly how that would be done.

Tolbert says he’s also been talking with other Genesee County chiefs of police about the problem.