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AG Steve Marshall Announces 20-Year Prison Sentences for Birmingham Lawyer Convicted of Kidnapping, Robbery, and Attempted Murder
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Birmingham lawyer James Woolley was sentenced today to 20 years for each of three convictions, for first- degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, and attempted murder. Woolley was found guilty by a jury in Jefferson County Circuit Court on March 2. The three sentences of 20 years run concurrently. The Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence during the trial about crimes committed against the victim, J ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Jefferson County Capital Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the capital murder conviction of Jeffery Tyrone Riggs. Riggs, 48, of Birmingham, was convicted in Jefferson County Circuit Court in February of 2015 for the murder of Norber Payne, a woman with whom he had previously lived. Evidence presented at trial showed that Riggs and Payne had previously lived together at Payne’s apartment in a dating relationship, which Payne ende ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Urges Alabamians to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28
(MONTGOMERY)--- Attorney General Steve Marshall urges Alabamians to participate in the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, April 28, at various locations throughout the state. th This year’s event—the 15 DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back--has approximately 80 collection sites scheduled to be available in Alabama this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the abuse or misuse of potentiall ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Talladega County Capital Murder Convictions
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the capital murder convictions of Charles Andrew Joseph Hendrix. Hendrix, 27, of Birmingham, was convicted in Talladega County Circuit Court in May of 2017 for three counts of capital murder relating to the contract for hire murder of Sylacauga attorney Blake Lazenby. Evidence was presented at trial that Hendrix participated in killing Lazenby in a murder-for-hire agreement. The man ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Sentencing of Montgomery Daycare Office Manager for Electronic Solicitation of a Child
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the office manager of a Montgomery daycare center has been sentenced for electronic solicitation of a child. Deggi Hardwick, 34, was sentenced to 10 years, which was suspended, and a term of five years of supervised probation. The Attorney General’s Office had requested that he be sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment but that was not granted by the Court. Hardwick will be subject to the requirements of Alabama’s Sex Offender ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Indictment of Former State Health Department Employee for Theft, Possession of Forged Instrument, Ethics Charges
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the arrest of a former employee of the Alabama Department of Public Health for criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, theft of property in the first degree, and intentional use of office for personal gain. Yoskio Denise Givner, alias Yoshiko D. Givner, 32, of Montgomery, was arrested on April 17 by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and was released on bond. The Special Prosecutions Division of Atto ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Mobile Felony Murder Conviction of Hiawayi Robinson
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the felony murder conviction of Hiawatha Robinson. Robinson, 42, of Semmes, was convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court in September of 2016 for the murder of his daughter, Hiawayi Robinson. Evidence presented at trial showed that on September 16, 2014, Robinson picked up his eight-year-old daughter, Hiawayi, from her mother and grandmother’s residence. However, a shor ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall to Hold "Faith Forums" Across Alabama, First in Montgomery April 26th
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall will host four “Faith Forums” across the state in April and May, including in Montgomery on April 26. The Faith Forums will engage religious leaders of all faiths and traditions on confronting the challenges posed by increasing violent crime, security risks at places of worship, and the opioid crisis. The Faith Forums are a byproduct of the Attorney General’s service on the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council, which emphasiz ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Felony Convictions of Former Clanton Police Chief for Ethics Violation, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the conviction of a former Clanton police chief for violation of the ethics law and fraudulent use of a credit card. In the midst of a trial that began on Monday, Brian Allan Stilwell this afternoon pleaded guilty to the felony charges. During the trial, Attorney General Marshall’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence that Stilwell took money from the local Chilton County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police by using the or ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Execution of Walter Leroy Moody, Jr.
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement following the execution of Walter Leroy Moody, Jr. in Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. th “Nearly 30 years ago, 11 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert Vance was brutally slain when a pipe bomb sent to his Birmingham home exploded. Walter Leroy Moody was convicted of Judge Vance’s murder in both federal and state courts. Even though he was also convicted of a similar pipe bomb death ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents Coosa Valley Academy With 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Coosa Valley Academy with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for a private school in the central region of Alabama. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents Nichols-Lawson Middle With 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Nichols-Lawson Middle School with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 3. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of ou ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Honors Court Dog as 'Hero of Crime Victims'
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall capped National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by honoring a five-year-old black lab named Willow for her special ability to ease the stress of children and adult victims of crime. During a ceremony in the Attorney General’s Office Friday afternoon, Marshall read from a certificate praising Willow as a hero who, like her human counterparts, shares a calling to serve those victimized by crime no matter their age. “As we shine the spotlight on tho ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Supports Nomination of Andrew Brasher for U.S. District Court Judge for Middle District of Alabama
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Andrew Brasher to serve as District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. “Andrew Brasher is abundantly qualified to serve as District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. His impressive academic credentials are equally matched by a legal resume that leaves no doubt about his ability in the courtroom. From cum laude ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents Satsuma High School with 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Satsuma High School with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 1. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall presents Pine Level Elementary with 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Pine Level Elementary School with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 5. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall to Host "Faith Forums" Across Alabama in April and May
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced his office will host four “Faith Forums” across the state in April and May. The Faith Forums will engage religious leaders of all faiths and traditions on confronting the challenges posed by increasing violent crime, security risks at places of worship, and the opioid crisis. The Attorney General’s Faith Forums will be held in Montgomery on April 26, in Mobile on May 1, in Birmingham on May 3, and in Huntsville on May 15. T ... Read Full Release
Supernumerary District Attorney Ellen Brooks Announces Conclusion of Investigation
(MONTGOMERY)—Supernumerary District Attorney Ellen Brooks announced today that the investigation of former Governor Robert Bentley and others has been concluded. The Special Grand Jury empaneled in Montgomery County on July 11, 2016, has issued its final report and has been dissolved by Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick. A copy of the Grand Jury Report is available at this link: grand jury report. --30-- 501 Washington Avenue ? Montgomery, AL 36104 ? (334) 242-7300 www.ago.state ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents Opelika Middle School with 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Opelika Middle School for the second year in a row with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 2. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Teams Up with Olympic Medalist Summer Sanders to Encourage Teens to Say 'No' to Underage Drinking
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Steve Marshall and Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders have teamed up to raise awareness of “Alcohol Responsibility Month,” through a public service announcement (PSA) released by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org). In the PSA, Attorney General Marshall and Sanders encourage parents to have conversations with their kids and teens about saying “no” to underage drinking. In total, attorneys general from 21 states, D.C. and ... Read Full Release
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