MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WRBL) – A former Birmingham building inspector has been sentenced to five years after being found guilty of intentionally using his office or position for personal gain, according to Attorney General Steve Marshall.
Court testimony revealed that Thomas Edward Stoves, 53, approved a building inspection of a local adult entertainment club for $1,200 in cash.
Circuit Judge Michael Streety noted Stoves’ lack of criminal history – however, Judge Streety also said that this breach of public trust must carry a consequence.
The press release says the jury deliberated quickly, reaching a decision in less than an hour.
Attorney General Marshall thanked his Special Prosecutions Division, including Assistant Attorneys General Nathan Mays, Kyle Beckman and Alana Cammack, and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Clark Morris. Attorney General Marshall also thanked FBI Special Agent Michael Faulkner and all agents and support staff of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division whose hard work contributed to the successful prosecution of this case.
Attorney General Steve Marshall
The 90 days of Stoves’ sentence will be served in the Jefferson County Jail.