2 former Prattville police officers indicted on burglary, robbery charges

2 former Prattville police officers indicted on burglary, robbery charges

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Two former Prattville police officers have been indicted on multiple counts of burglary, attempted burglary, and robbery in Autauga County, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office confirmed Tuesday.

The former police officers, John Wayne McDaniel Jr. and Leon "Todd" Townson, were arrested in late 2015 before being released on bond. They remain on bond pending trial. The AG's office said in a related and additional indictment that stemmed from the investigation in these cases, Townson was arrested on March 28 for additional charges of insurance fraud and theft of property related to a claim he made to Traveler's Insurance.

The AG's office presented evidence an Autauga County grand jury on March 14 which resulted in indictments against both men three days later. The indictments specifically charge McDaniel and Townson with unlawfully entered the building of Dorothy Jones with the intent to commit a theft of property inside.

McDaniel is charged with obtaining unauthorized control of property from the residence and both McDaniel and Townson are charged with possessing burglar tools during the commission of the offense. The indictments further charge that both McDaniel, Townson and a third person conspired together to commit first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary of the victim and his residence.

The additional indictment against Townson charges that he defrauded Travelers Insurance by filing false information on an insurance claim that allowed him to obtain more than $100,000 from the company. The AG's office contends the false information included property that he claimed was stolen from his business but was subsequently recovered from his own home with a search warrant.

If McDaniel is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment and a $30,000 fine for each of the charges of conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree, which are class B felonies; 10 years of imprisonment and a $15,000 fine for each of the charges for burglary in the third degree and possession of  burglar tools, which are class C felonies; and up to a year in jail and a $7,500 fine for the charge of theft of property in the fourth degree.

If Townson is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment and a $30,000 fine for each of the charges of conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree, theft of property in the first degree, and insurance fraud in the first degree, which are class B felonies; 10 years of imprisonment and a $15,000 fine for each of the charges for burglary in the third degree and possession of burglar tools, which are class C felonies; and up to a year in jail and a $7,500 fine for the charge of theft of property in the fourth degree.

A trial date has not yet been set.

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