Posted on 4/11/2006, 4:52:35 PM by ncountylee
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile County Sheriff Jack Tillman pleaded guilty to an ethics violation and perjury Tuesday for keeping excess food fund money, a plea that got him a three-month suspended sentence, probation and fines, and ended his third term as sheriff early.
Tillman vacated his position with the plea, but will not have to spend any time in jail. He must pay $1,000 in fines and serve one year of informal probation.
He also will have to repay the $13,000 he took from the food fund at Mobile County Metro Jail and put into a private retirement account. About $300,000 more from the food fund that District Attorney John Tyson had frozen will go back to the county's general fund.
Despite Tuesday's proceedings, Tillman insisted in a written statement that the pleas should not be interpreted as an admission of guilt "or any wrongdoing."
Department public information officer Christina Bowersox said Chief Deputy Mark Barlow would continue to handle day-to-day operations at the office and said she didn't expect much to change there with Tillman's departure.
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