Former Alabama Education Official gets 2-Year Sentence
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judge sentenced a former state Department of Education official and her husband to two years in prison for ethics violations involving the awarding of federal grants.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick ordered the sentences Tuesday for the department’s former director of federal programs, Deann Stone, and her husband, Dave Stone.
A jury convicted them in October of using her position to direct more than $10 million in federal funds to a company that employed her husband. He was convicted of aiding and abetting her.
The judge said Deann Stone should have stepped aside from the grant awarding process because her husband’s employer was representing applicants, but she didn’t. Instead, he said the Stones exchanged emails about the grant process.
The Stones, who are from Wetumpka, plan to appeal.
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