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Ex-AR mayor, free from prison, still proclaiming her innocence

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Prosecutors say Dockery created false invoices to cover $42,000 she converted to her own use and used city money for a car she used. Prosecutors say Dockery created false invoices to cover $42,000 she converted to her own use and used city money for a car she used.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

A former ArkLaTex mayor is back home after spending more than two years in federal prison for crimes she committed while in office.

"People get mad because you speak up. they can take your life away from you. They took 26 months of my life away," Yvonne Dockery tells KSLA News 12.

Dockery, the former mayor of Garland City, Arkansas, was convicted in 2010 on three counts of mail fraud. A federal judge sentenced her to 30 months in prison. She also was ordered to pay $128,000 in restitution to the City of Garland.

"It turned out I did prison time for trying to look out."

Looking out for what?

"Looking out for the city."

On Monday Dockery returned to the courthouse where she was found guilty, this time to visit her probation officer.

"It is ok now. I've had to live with it. I've dealt with it. It made me stronger and it made me realize what people would do. They would go to any length to get what they want."

Dockery spent the first 21 months at FCC Coleman in Florida and the last five months at a halfway house in Little Rock.

"It was some trials and tribulations even there, but I thank God for my journey because I dealt with all walks of life there."

The former mayor said that, if she could do things over, she would watch her associates.

"Matter of fact, I don't ever want to deal with politics again."

Dockery is back at her Garland City home but will remain on probation for another two years. She says she is working in the Little Rock area and, in the future, hopes to fight for prisoners' rights.

Even after a conviction and completing her sentence, Dockery remains defiant about her past.

"I am innocent until the day I die."

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