Former Alabama college president gets probation

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - The former interim president of Southern Union State Community College has been sentenced to two years' probation for ethics violations.

Lee County Circuit Court Judge John V. Denson II sentenced Joanne Jordan on Tuesday for receiving free services from April 2004-November 2005 from an architect who also worked for the college. The sentence will run concurrently with the federal sentence of three years' probation for lying to a grand jury that Jordan received in an August hearing in U.S. District Court.

Jordan's sentencing stems from a federal investigation into Alabama's two-year college system and its for chancellor Roy Johnson. Johnson has pleaded guilty to 15 federal charges - ranging from bribery to witness tampering - and will be sentenced Feb. 24.

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