Former Lee County DA begins prison sentence

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – A former Alabama prosecutor convicted of violating the state ethics law and perjury surrendered at the jail in his home county to begin a 10-month sentence.

Former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes turned himself in at the Lee County jail on Thursday.

That’s when he had been ordered by a judge to report. Hughes was accused of lying to a grand jury and using $14,000 dollars from an office account to litigate a settlement involving a sex discrimination claim filed against him by a former prosecutor in his office.

Hughes’ trial already had started in June when he pleaded guilty, a move that automatically removed him from office.

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