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Former Alabama sheriff sentenced to 3 years in jail on corruption charges

Associated Press

The longest serving sheriff in Alabama history has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Al.com reports Judge Pamela Baschab handed down the sentence Friday to former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. She also ordered Blakely to serve two years on unsupervised probation.

The 70-year-old former sheriff was convicted of taking no-interest loans from a jail fund that held prisoners’ money and of stealing $4,000 from his campaign account.

Blakely, first elected in 1983, served 10 terms in office. He was automatically removed from office after being convicted.