Fmr. Autaugaville VFD assistant chief sentenced to jail - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Fmr. Autaugaville VFD assistant chief sentenced to jail

Left to right: Harmon, Stoudemire, Chavers (Photo Source AG's Office) Left to right: Harmon, Stoudemire, Chavers (Photo Source AG's Office)
AUTAUGA CO., AL (WSFA) -

A former Autaugaville Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief was sentenced Wednesday for felony ethics violations, according to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's office.

Mack Cell Harmon was sentenced to 31 months, which was split for him to serve 30 days in the Autauga County Jail followed by 18 months of probation.

Harmon was also ordered to serve 150 hours community service and to pay court costs, $50 to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Fund, a $750 bail bond fee, a $500 fine, and $500 in restitution to the Autaugaville Volunteer Fire Department.

"This is a serious crime involving a betrayal of the public trust regarding money that belonged to a volunteer fire department," said Attorney General Strange. "I am pleased that this defendant has been called to account and will serve time in jail for his wrongdoing."

Harmon was found guilty on July 10 by a jury in Autauga County Circuit Court following a two-day trial. He was indicted in November 2013, along with Danny Chavers, former chief of the Autaugaville VFD and a former chairman of the Autauga County Commission, and Ernest Terry Stoudemire, also a former chief of the Autaugaville VFD. 

Chavers pleaded guilty in March to five felony charges, two for violating the ethics law and three for first-degree theft. An ethics charge and a second-degree theft charge are pending against Stoudemire.

At trial, the AG's office showed evidence that indicated Harmon, while acting as the assistant chief of the Autaugaville Volunteer Fire Department in 2012, used his official position to illegally obtain and keep $500 of a donation made by a private citizen that was intended for the Fire Department.

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