ATHENS, Ala. — Former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely was set to be sentenced on two felony theft and ethics prices Friday morning.
Blakely was convicted on August 2 after a four-week-long trial that started with a one-week-long jury choice, adopted by three weeks of testimony.
It was tough to seek out Limestone County residents that had been prepared to take a seat towards the person who served them for 38 years.
The judge originally appointed to the case additionally recused himself from the trial, stating the pandemic and his high-risk standing as his reasoning.
The jury discovered Blakely responsible on a theft of property cost for depositing a $4,000 examine for his marketing campaign to his personal checking account and an ethics cost for borrowing as much as $29,000 from a jail inmate fund and ready months in some instances, to pay it again.
Blakley filed a movement for mistrial after a juror got here ahead a number of days after his conviction. The juror mentioned that she was coerced by her medical situation to vote with the remainder of the jury to convict him.
Choose Pamela Baschab denied that motion, largely because of the truth you can’t have a mistrial till after a sentence has been given but additionally, a juror can’t ‘assault or impeach’ their very own verdict, in keeping with Alabama court docket procedures.
Blakely has remained in an remoted cell on the Limestone County Jail since his conviction.
The fees carry a sentencing vary of two to twenty years in jail. Nonetheless, he’s unlikely to face jail time as his prices fall underneath Alabama’s presumptive sentencing guidelines.
The rules largely direct judges to condemn based mostly on a sentencing ‘rating’ derived from a worksheet. The worksheet can be utilized in Blakely’s case.
The state beneficial that Blakely spend three years in jail, adopted by two years probation in a facility outdoors of Limestone County. This sentence could be allowed underneath the present tips, nonetheless, there may be additionally a sentence-length worksheet Choose Baschab will use to find out Blakely’s sentence.
Former Alabama Supreme Courtroom chief justice Sue Bell Cobb was expected to argue on Blakely’s behalf at his sentencing. As chief justice, she performed a key function in serving to set up these sentencing tips in Alabama for non-violent offenders convicted of property crimes — like the previous sheriff.
The sentencing listening to can be held on August 20 on the Limestone County Courthouse starting at 9 a.m.
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