Lasseter's daughter-in-law indicted on weapons charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lesley Fanning, the daughter-in-law of incarcerated former Gwinnett commissioner Shirley Lasseter, was indicted this week on weapons charges.

Fanning was originally arrested Sept. 12 of last year after metal detectors at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center picked up a handgun in her purse. She was at the courthouse for a hearing with her estranged husband John, Lasseter's son who was brought down last year during a federal corruption investigation.

A Gwinnett grand jury this week indicted Fanning on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a deadly weapon at public gatherings. She was charged with drugs not in original container during her original arrest, but that count appeared to have been dropped.

The two-count indictment also points out that Fanning was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in 2008.

John Fanning and business partner Skip Cain were sentenced to a 57-month prison term late last year after pleading guilty to participating in a scheme to sell Lasseter's county commission vote on a proposed real estate development.

Lasseter, the longtime mayor of Duluth, began serving her own 33-month bribery sentence on Dec. 12.