Ala. town gives convicted fmr. mayor second chance - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Ala. town gives convicted fmr. mayor second chance

Larry Barton (Courtesy: WBRC) Larry Barton (Courtesy: WBRC)

A man who went to federal prison after being convicted of defrauding the city of Talladega as mayor has been returned to office.

Larry Barton won a runoff election for mayor on Tuesday with almost 53 percent of the vote against Harvey Bowlin, a former revenue commissioner.

Barton was serving his third term as mayor of Talladega in 1995 when he was convicted on federal charges involving theft from the city. Freed from prison after about three years, he lost runoffs for mayor in 1999 and 2003.

Barton thanked voters Tuesday night for giving him another chance. He acknowledged his time in prison and said Bowlin used it to suggest to voters that businesses might be afraid to locate in Talladega as a result. 

Barton told WBRC Fox 6 he thinks the opposite will happen, the forgiving attitude of voters being a factor that would attract business. "I think this sends a message that Talladega is a town that you'd want to live in," he explained. "You've got people here that forgive you for whatever you've done." 

Prosecutors said Barton took $5,900 by having checks written to a man he claimed to have hired to remove tree stumps around town. He served time for fraud and money laundering. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. WBRC contributed. All Rights Reserved.)

  • NewsMore>>

  • Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:22:02 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 3:04 AM EDT2018-05-21 07:04:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once...More >>
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.More >>
  • School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:51:24 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 3:03 AM EDT2018-05-21 07:03:35 GMT
    (AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...(AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".More >>
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".More >>
  • 'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

    'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:11:39 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 2:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 06:52:49 GMT
    (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File). FILE - This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Shioli Kutsuna, left, and Brianna Hildebrand in a scene from "Deadpool 2." Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million according to studio estima...(Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File). FILE - This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Shioli Kutsuna, left, and Brianna Hildebrand in a scene from "Deadpool 2." Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million according to studio estima...

    Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

    More >>

    Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly