MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A former Coosa County sheriff indicted on multiple charges of felony ethics violations has been convicted.
Ricky Lovell Owens pleaded guilty today in Coosa County Circuit Court to six felony ethics law violations. Sentencing is set for Sept. 27.
He acknowledged that he transferred funds from the sheriff's office work release fund into his personal "nutrition" fund, where Owens kept funds for feeding prisoners in the jail.
Owens further acknowledged receiving $30,250 that were made from official law enforcement funds through the Alabama Sheriff's Association to two charities.
Owens was sheriff of Coosa County from January 2004 through January 2007.