Second former Prattville police officer sentenced to prison

L to R: John McDaniel, Leon Townson (Source: Autauga County Jail)
L to R: John McDaniel, Leon Townson (Source: Autauga County Jail)
Updated: Aug. 17, 2018 at 4:06 PM CDT
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AUTAUGA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Former Prattville police officer John Wayne McDaniel, Jr. was sentenced to prison Friday, according to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office.

McDaniel was sentenced to 10 years on each count for conspiracy to commit burglary, third-degree theft, second-degree theft of prescription medicine and criminal impersonation of a police officer.

The sentences are split for him to serve three years in community corrections. Marshall's office said the sentences run concurrently.

In the community corrections program, defendants may serve their time outside of prison or jail but are held to stringent conditions and supervision, and upon any failure to comply are subject to immediately being sent to jail or prison, Marshall's office said in a statement.

"It is always serious and a sad betrayal of the public's trust when a law enforcement officer breaks the law he has sworn to uphold," Marshall said. "In this case, the court considered that McDaniel acknowledged his wrongdoing, cooperated in the investigation, and assisted with information for the prosecution of others in related crimes. His sentence takes this into account, yet imposes strong controls to invoke his prison sentence if he fails to abide by the strict standards of the community corrections program."

McDaniel's cooperation was a factor in the successful prosecution of Leon Todd Townson, another former Prattville police officer, as well as Raymond Douglas McCray, a co-defendant who cooperated with prosecutors. Townson and Douglass were sentenced on Monday.

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