Lee County

Sentencing Set for Former Alabama DA Convicted of Felonies

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A judge has scheduled sentencing for a former Alabama prosecutor who pleaded guilty to felony charges earlier this year. Judge Pamela Baschab set a hearing on Oct. 5 for former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes, who pleaded guilty in June to perjury and using his office for personal gain. Hughes was automatically removed from office…

Former Alabama district attorney, Brandon Hughes, seeks to avoid prison

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – A former district attorney has asked a judge to keep him out of prison and allow him to serve his 10-month prison sentence on perjury and ethics charges in a community corrections program. Attorneys for former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes last week filed a motion seeking a community corrections program placement. They argued that’s…

Jessica Ventiere named District Attorney in Lee County

Lee County District Attorney Jessica Ventiere/Source: Lee County District Attorney’s Office Governor Kay Ivey has appointed Lee County District Attorney Pro Tem Jessica Ventiere as the new district attorney for the county. Prior to her appointment, Ventiere served as Chief Assistant District Attorney for Lee County and the Second Judicial Circuit, which serves Butler, Crenshaw, and Lowndes County. Ventiere was…

District Attorney Pleads Guilty to Perjury, Ethics Charge

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama district attorney on Thursday pleaded guilty to perjury and an ethics charge following trial testimony in which a witness likened his office to a fraternity house. Former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes pleaded guilty to perjury in the first-degree and the use of his public office for personal gain. Hughes will be sentenced…

Alabama Man Convicted of Stabbing Man and Dumping Body in Well

BEULAH, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been convicted of killing a 72-year-old acquaintance whose body was found shot, stabbed, and dumped in a well on the suspect’s property. On Friday, a Lee County grand jury found 59-year-old Hubert Timothy Sprayberry guilty of intentional murder in the December 2019 slaying of James Edmund Clarke. According to testimony presenting during…