Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes arrested on corruption charges, released on bond

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Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes (WRBL News 3)

OPELIKA, Ala. (WIAT) — Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes has been arrested and charged with using his office for personal gain, as well as lying under oath to a grand jury.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones confirmed that Hughes is facing ethics charges out of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office and turned himself over to law enforcement Sunday afternoon. The charges include five counts of using his office for personal gain, one count of conspiracy to commit theft and one count of first-degree perjury.

“Hughes was indicted on five counts of violating the state ethics act for using his office for personal gain, including paying private attorneys with public funds to settle a matter that benefited himself and his wife,” Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement released Monday. “Hughes was also charged with the illegal hiring of his three children to work for the Lee County District Attorney’s Office. Finally, Hughes was charged with illegally using the authority of his office for his personal benefit by issuing a district attorney’s subpoena to a private business to gather evidence for his defense to potential criminal charges.”

Hughes was also charged with conspiring to steal a pickup truck, allegedly from a business in Chambers County. According to the AG’s statement, Hughes and others moved the plan forward by taking a Lee County search warrant into Chambers County and using it to force the business to release lawful possession of a 1985 Ford Ranger.

The state ethics act violations are Class B felonies, each punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000. The conspiracy to commit first-degree theft and first-degree perjury charges are Class C felonies, each punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Hughes has been released on $31,000 bond.

The case is being prosecuted by the Corrupt Practices Unit of the Attorney General’s Office.


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