MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WRBL) — A former Birmingham building inspector was sentenced to five years after being found guilty of intentionally using his office or position for personal gain, according to Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Court testimony revealed that Thomas Edward Stoves, 53, approved the building inspection of a local adult entertainment club for $1,200 in cash.

Circuit Judge Michael Streety made note of Stoves’ lack of criminal history — however, Judge Streety also stated that this breach of public trust must lead to a consequence.

The press release says that the jury deliberated quickly, coming to a decision in less than an hour.

Attorney General Marshall thanked his Special Prosecutions Division, including Assistant Attorneys General Nathan Mays, Kyle Beckman, and Alana Cammack, and Assisant Chief Deputy Attorney General Clark Morris. Attorney General Marshall also thanked the FBI Special Agent Michael Faulkner and all the agents and support staff of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division whose hard work contributed to the successful prosecution of this case.

Attorney General Steve Marshall

90 days of Stoves’ sentence will be spent in the Jefferson County Jail.