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Mayor of Mosses pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge

Published: Oct. 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM CDT
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Walter Hill (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
Walter Hill (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The mayor Mosses, in Lowndes County, is pleading guilty to unintentional use of his office for personal gain, a misdemeanor, his attorney, Julian McPhillips says. Hill was indicted in January for using of his public position for personal gain as well as second degree forgery, felonies.

The indictment dealt only with Hill's position as Director of the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency, not with his position as the mayor of Mosses. McPhillips says Hill will remain in his position as mayor. Hill is no longer the EMA director.

Phillips said his client was sentenced to pay a $250 fine and unsupervised probation in connection with the guilty plea. "It was a travesty that he had to plead guilty," McPhillips said, adding that his client, "...just wanted to get this behind him."

The indictment accused Hill of forging a non-driver ID, stating that it appeared to the grand jury he had the intent to defraud, and falsely make the ID.

McPhillips said his client had the IDs made for Lowndes County residents who were too poor or had no means of getting a drivers license and that he didn't make a profit from it. "He got no gain," McPhillips said, adding that his client actually paid for the IDs out of his own pocket.

The forgery charge stemmed from the use of the official seal of Alabama being used on the IDs.

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