Valley woman indicted on six counts of attempted extortion

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A Chambers County woman has been indicted on six counts of attempted extortion in the first degree of a former local district judge on Friday. 

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that 62-year-old Dorothy Sledge, was served notice at the Chambers County Jail where she has been incarcerated since her bond for a previous case was revoked for obtaining these new charges.

Authorities say the Criminal Trials Division presented evidence to a Chambers County grand jury, resulting in Sledge’s indictment. 

Authorities say the indictment stems from sending six separate letters threatening former District Judge Joel Holley.

Sledge was previously arrested July 6 on warrants* for these indicted charges that she obtained while released on bond for a previous charge of arson in the second-degree. 

In that case, Sledge is accused of intentionally setting fire to her home in an effort to unlawfully obtain insurance proceeds.  Authorities say Sledge was indicted for the arson charge in February 2018 and the case is currently pending in the Chambers County Circuit Court. The arson case occurred after her husband. Roland Sledge, 65, a former district attorney was indicted* for two counts of theft of property in the first-degree for allegedly taking funds from the bank account of a minor for whom he was appointed as conservator. Both Roland and Dorothy Sledge’s pending cases are set for a status hearing before Circuit Judge Tom Young on September 13, 2018.

No further information about the investigation or about the defendants’ alleged crimes other than that stated in the indictments or warrants may be released at this time.

If convicted, Sledge faces a maximum penalty of one to 10 years for each of the six counts of attempted extortion in the first degree, a class C felony, as well as two to 20 years for the charge of arson in the second-degree, a class B felony.

Roland Sledge faces a potential penalty of two to 20 years for each of his charges of theft of property in the first degree, which is a class B felony.

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