Prosecutors ask judge to keep sentenced sheriff in jail | Alabama News

ATHENS, Alabama (AP) – A longtime Alabama sheriff convicted of felony charges and removed from office is expected to remain in jail until his conviction, prosecutors told a judge on Tuesday.

Former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely has shown no reason why he should be treated any differently from other convicted felons in his home county, where standard practice is that defendants remain in jail until sentencing , argued the state in court documents a day after jurors were convicted. Blakely on charges of theft and ethics.

The state plans to seek a prison sentence for Blakely, 70, who has been held in the same prison he supervised for almost 40 years, and there is “no valid reason to delay the start of this sentence so that he can be sentenced on credit for any time in custody, ”prosecutors said.

The defense argued that Blakely was not a flight risk and had always resided in the county and should be able to be released on bail pending a sentencing hearing, which has not still been scheduled.

Blakely, who was indicted in 2019, had been released on $ 49,000 bail until the jury convicted him on Monday of theft and ethics, resulting in his impeachment. He was convicted of borrowing money from a prison safe used to hold inmates’ money and depositing $ 4,000 of campaign funds into his personal account.

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First elected in 1982, Blakely was acquitted of several other charges. Blakely still faces a prison sentence of two to 20 years on each count.

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