PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) -- An ex-Phenix City Councilman who pleaded guilty to forgery has agreed to never seek public office again.
The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus reported Tuesday that 72-year-old Arthur Sumbry made the deal in exchange for restitution and probation. He once vowed against pleading guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Sumbry was accused of helping a woman forge a deed that would have transferred a man's home to her son -- who had served as the man's caretaker.
The man's daughter disputed the authenticity of the deed and Sumbry testified in a civil trial that he witnessed the elderly man sign it.
A handwriting expert found 10 inconsistencies on the deed when comparing it with samples of the man's handwriting.
Sumbry was later arrested for jury tampering and soliciting perjury.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.