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Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Sentencing of Former Prattville Policeman, John Wayne McDaniel Jr.
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Prattville policeman John Wayne McDaniel Jr. has been sentenced for conspiracy to commit burglary, third- degree theft, second-degree theft of prescription medicine and criminal impersonation of a police officer. McDaniel was sentenced this morning in Autauga County Circuit Court to 10 years for each count, with the sentences split for him to serve three years in community corrections. The sentences run concurrently. In the ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Henry County Capital Murder Convictions and Death Sentence
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the capital murder convictions and sentence of death of Justice Jerrell Knight. Knight, 27, of Dothan, was convicted in Henry County Circuit Court in September 2016 for three counts of capital murder for killing Jarvis Daffin. Evidence presented at trial established that the victim and his killer had been friends, and that in February 2012, they were planning to use anticipa ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Capital Murder and Murder Convictions in Madison County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld convictions for capital murder and murder in two Madison County cases. The Court upheld the capital murder conviction of Richard Burgin. In another unrelated case, the Court upheld the murder conviction of Cary Trant Jefferson. Burgin, 55, of Huntsville, was convicted in May 2017 for the murders of brothers Anthony Jackson and Terry Jackson. Evidence was presented at trial regarding t ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces 10-year Prison Sentences for Former Prattville Policeman, Leon Todd Townson
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Prattville policeman Leon Todd Townson has been sentenced to serve 10 years in the Alabama Department of Corrections. Townson was sentenced this morning in Autauga County Circuit Court. Another former Prattville policeman who is a co- defendant in a related case, John Wayne McDaniel Jr., is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday. Townson, 51, of Prattville, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for insurance fraud in the first deg ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Mobile County Capital Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the capital murder conviction of Saraya Shakai Atkins. Atkins, 24, of Mobile, was convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court in September 2016 for the murder of Robert Perry. Atkins also was convicted of first-degree robbery and third-degree theft. Evidence at trial established that on March 11, 2014, Perry took his stepdaughter to Walmart to cash her income tax refund check ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Wins Temporary Restraining Order Halting Dangerous and Deceptive Plumbing Operation in Northeast Alabama
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that a Calhoun County Circuit Court today granted his emergency request for a temporary restraining order to prevent continued harm from a deceptive and dangerous plumbing operation in several northeast Alabama counties. Calhoun County Circuit Judge Brian Howell also ordered that the defendants’ assets be frozen and appointed a receiver to handle financial matters and accept claims from victims. A preliminary injunction hearing is set f ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Denies Appeal of Geneva County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the denial of a Rule 32 petition for further judicial review of the murder conviction of Shawn Lee Adkison. Adkison, 44, of Slocomb, was convicted in Geneva County Circuit Court in 2015, for the murder of Debbie Ayers. Evidence presented at trial showed that Adkison was involved in a dispute with Ayers and that he killed her on August 14, 2014. Ayers died of blunt force traum ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Alabama Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Choctaw County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Supreme Court has denied a petition for writ of certiorari seeking to appeal the murder conviction of Joe Brown. Brown, 55, of Butler, was convicted in Choctaw County Circuit Court in 2017 for the murder of Jeremy James. Evidence presented at trial showed that on August 22, 2014, Brown killed James by an attack that caused injuries including cutting James’ jugular vein. The victim was found next to his truck ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Etowah County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the convictions of William Dangelo McKinney for murder and for domestic violence by strangulation. McKinney, 34, of Gadsden, was convicted in Etowah County Circuit Court in April 2017 for the murder of Amos Jackson and for domestic violence by strangulation of Alanna Partee. Evidence was presented at trial regarding the following events. McKinney was in a dating relation ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall, CVS Health Announce Safe Drug Disposal Program in Alabama
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall joined with CVS Health Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer Thomas Moriarty, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer and Homewood Police Chief Tim Ross today to announce a safe medication disposal program in Alabama. CVS Health has provided in-store drug disposal units at five of its stores in Alabama and also has equipped 36 law enforcement agencies with on-site disposal units to provide a regularly available mea ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Conviction for Capital Murder in Bibb County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the capital murder conviction of John Barry Hubbard for killing a woman whose sister had sought a protective order against him because of his persistent threatening behavior. Hubbard, 63, of Eoline, pleaded guilty today in Bibb County Circuit Court and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Prosecutors in Attorney General Marshall’s Criminal Trials Division were prepared to present evidence of the following events regardi ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Joins AGs in Support of President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was one of 26 attorneys general voicing support for President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. In a letter to Senate leadership Thursday, Marshall and his AG colleagues urged the Senate to promptly approve the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh “As the chief legal officers of our States, we write to urge the United States Senate to promptly hold a hearing on and confirm the nomination of Judge ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Madison County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of Robert Eugene Davis for intentional murder. Davis, 32, of Birmingham, was convicted in Madison County Circuit Court in August 2017 for the murder of Marlo Patton. Evidence was presented at trial regarding the following events. On the evening of April 20, 2012, Patton was driven by his girlfriend to the residence of Jamie Ladae Kelly, allegedly to buy drug ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Denies Appeal of Montgomery County Capital Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the denial of a Rule 32 petition for further judicial review of the capital murder conviction and life-without-parole sentence of Nicolas Lewis Harris. Harris, 26, of Bessemer, was convicted in Montgomery County Circuit Court in 2015 for the capital murder of Darrell Howard Jr. Evidence presented at trial showed that Howard was driving a car that was involved in a minor automobile accident ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Indictment of Former Town of Pisgah Clerk for Felony Theft, Ethics Charges
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the indictment and arrest of the former clerk of the Town of Pisgah in Jackson County, Alabama, on three felonies: two counts of theft of property in the first degree and one count of intentional use of official position or office for personal gain, an Ethics Law violation. Jennifer Lynne Hall, 43, of Pisgah, surrendered to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on June 21 and was later released on an $11,000 bond. The charges arise fr ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Alabama Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Jackson County Capital Murder Convictions and Death Sentence
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Supreme Court has denied a petition for writ of certiorari seeking to appeal the capital murder convictions and sentence of death of James Ben Brownfield. Brownfield, 43, of Scottsboro, was convicted in Jackson County Circuit Court in 2004 for three counts of capital murder in connection with the murders of his sister, Brenda McCutchin, his brother-in-law, Latham McCutchin, and Brenda’s three-year-old grandson, Joshua Ho ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Alabama Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Covington County Capital Murder Convictions and Death Sentence
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Supreme Court has denied a petition for writ of certiorari seeking to appeal the capital murder convictions and sentence of death of Oscar Doster. Doster, 43, of Andalusia, was convicted in Covington County Circuit Court in 2006 for three counts of capital murder relating to the death of Paul LeMaster. Evidence presented at trial established that on November 4, 2002, four inmates escaped from the Covington County jail, ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Guilty Plea by Former Health Department Employee for Felony Ethics Violation
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the conviction of a former employee of the Alabama Department of Public Health for using her official position for personal gain, a felony ethics violation. Yoskio Denise Givner, 32, of Montgomery, pleaded guilty yesterday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division. Givner used her former position as an administrative assistant for the Alabama Department of Pu ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces $100 Million 42-State Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks
(MONTGOMERY) - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced a $100 million multi-state settlement with Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving U.S. Dollar (USD) LIBOR, which is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers. The investigation was conducted and the settlement reached by a group of 42 Attorneys General. The Attorneys General alleged that Citibank misrepresented ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces 20-Year Prison Sentences for Former County Administrator for Felony Ethics Crimes Involving $753,889 of Franklin County Funds
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the former County Administrator of Franklin County was sentenced today to two terms of 20 years in prison, to run concurrently, for violating the Alabama ethics law resulting in unlawful gain of more than $753,889 of county funds. Crista Lynn Madden, age 49, of Franklin County, pleaded guilty on March 19 in Franklin County Circuit Court to two felony ethics violations: use of her official position for personal gain and use of publ ... Read Full Release
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