Wed Oct 01 04:38:00 PDT 2014
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Rickey Stokes Guilty of Unlawful Imprisonment

DOTHAN, AL - A Dothan bail bondsman and blogger had his day in court Monday. Rickey Stokes was found guilty of unlawful imprisonment after chaining two men to the doors of the Dothan Municipal Courthouse back in June. Stokes was sentenced to 10 days in jail and will pay $1,000 in fines - $500 for each victim. Greg Tiller and Jonathan Reese turned themselves into Stokes’ bail bonding company, A-Advantage Banding, after missing their court dates. Stokes says he chained the men to the courthouse doors after learning their warrants hadn’t been issued and court wasn’t in session. Stokes says the act was a symbol of his frustration with the City of Dothan’s court process. Surveillance footage from the municipal court lobby and outside the front doors was shown in court Monday, and witnesses recounted what they saw that day. One said the men seemed embarrassed and shocked but didn’t clearly object to what was happening. Stokes pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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