Alabama Sheriff To Serve Sentence In Nearby County

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A longtime Alabama sheriff removed from office after being convicted of theft and using his office for personal gain will serve time in a nearby county, a judge ruled.

The Decatur Daily reported that a judge ruled former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely will be allowed to serve his three-year sentence in Franklin County after the sheriff there agreed to the arrangement. The Limestone and Franklin county jails are located about 60 miles apart in northwest Alabama.

Blakely was held in the jail he once ran following his conviction last month, but Judge Pamela Baschab ruled that he would spend the bulk of his term in another county. Blakely is currently free on $50,000 bond while appealing his conviction and sentence.

Blakely, 70, was convicted of taking no-interest loans from a jail fund that held prisoners’ money and of stealing $4,000 from his campaign account. He was in his 10th straight term at the time of his removal from office, making his Alabama's longest-serving sheriff at the time.