Hearing set as former Lee County District Attorney tries to avoid jail

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LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) –  Former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes is slated to be in a Colbert County courtroom on November 9th for a hearing on his request to avoid jail time and spend his sentence in a community corrections program similar to probation. 

The original hearing was set for October 5th in Lee County but was postponed because of a family emergency with one of the participants. No word yet on why the hearing isn’t happening in Lee County.

Hughes is requesting to serve in a community corrections program that allows him to remain at home instead of serving 10-months in jail. Hughes’ attorney agreed to the jail sentence back in June when he stopped his trial after testimony had begun and agreed to plead guilty to an ethics violation and first-degree perjury.

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office indicted Hughes on five ethics violations and perjury. Hughes spent $14,000 of taxpayer money to settle an alleged sex discrimination claim involving a former employee. The AG’s Office is pushing for Hughes to spend time in jail.

Hughes was also accused of illegally hiring his children to work in the D-A’s office and conspiring to steal a vehicle from a Chambers County business using a Lee County search warrant.

News 3 will keep you updated. 

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