COVINGTON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - It's three years in prison for former Covington County Probate Judge Sherrie Phillips. She was convicted of stealing 1.8 million dollars from an estate with no heirs.
She arrived filled with uncertainties. Her attorneys were hoping the former Probate Judge of Covington County would just get probation. Witnesses testified Sherrie Philips is a church going involved member of the community, and they said she has been humiliated enough. Her attorney Riley Powell agrees. "It looks like she could lose her entire 30 years of state retirement because of this which is very significant and it also looks like she will be disbarred through the Alabama Bar Association. I mean that will be humiliating for anybody."
But, prosecutors wanted prison time, arguing she has expressed no remorse for her wrong doing. However, Powell disagrees with that."How can you be remorseful when you maintain you haven't deprived anybody of anything."
But, the judge ended up giving her ten years each for the two counts to be served concurrently. He also said she must serve three of the ten years because he said greed had taken over and as a public official she had violated the public trust. "Anytime you have a public - you're elected to public office you're held to a higher standard than a normal citizen. Of course, I know that and Judge Phillips knows that. She still maintains her innocence," says Powell.
Her family members left the courtroom without commenting.
Phillips was then taken to the Covington County jail where she was booked and released on a 20 thousand dollar appeal bond. She had no comment either.
Phillip's attorney thinks it could take a year or more before her appeal is decided.