Alabama court affirms felony convictions of longtime sheriff

Trial Gavel Sentence

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A state appeals court has upheld the felony convictions of a man who served 38 years as sheriff in a northern Alabama county.

In the unanimous ruling Friday, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals also denied former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely’s request for a new trial.

Blakely was removed from office in August 2021 a jury convicted him of theft and abuse of power.

Prosecutors said the theft charge was tied to accusations that he deposited $4,000 of campaign funds into his personal account.

The abuse of power charge was tied to the sheriff borrowing money from a jail safe that held inmates’ money.

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10/1/2022 9:53:55 AM (GMT -5:00)

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