Former Clanton police chief sentenced on ethics violations

Former Clanton police chief sentenced on ethics violations
Brian Stilwell's booking photo following his 2017 indictment.

CLANTON, AL (WSFA) - Former Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell was sentenced Tuesday on charges of ethics violations and fraudulent use of a credit card.

According to the Attorney General's Office, Stilwell was sentenced to a 10-year split sentence to serve three years prison time followed by five years of probation.

Stilwell was originally placed on leave in April 2015 when a court found probable cause that he had mishandled funds out of an account belonging to the Chilton County Fraternal Order of Police.

The crimes were said to have taken place over a five-year period between 2010 and 2015, during which time Stilwell was both the police chief and treasurer of the Chilton County FOP.

Stilwell was indicted on felony ethics violations and fraudulent use of a credit card in February 2017, but his trial was halted when he made a decision to enter a guilty plea.

Stilwell was with the Clanton Police Department since 2008 and was a 1997 graduate of the Montgomery Police Academy.

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