MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawyer for former House Speaker Mike Hubbard says prosecutors are seeking a “ridiculously extreme” prison sentence after Hubbard’s conviction on ethics charges.

Defense lawyer Bill Baxley said Friday that the 18-year sentence prosecutors want is absurd. The attorney general’s office, in a court filing this week, said that want Hubbard to spend five years in prison and another 13 on supervised probation.

Prosecutors are also asking for Hubbard to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution.

A judge will hold a sentence hearing for Hubbard on July. 8. A jury on June 10 convicted Hubbard of 12 felony ethics counts. Prosecutors said Hubbard used the power of his political office to benefit his businesses.

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