UPDATE: 12/19 3:00
Former Houston County Commissioner Bobby Snellgrove hires an attorney to represent him in his ethics case.
Dothan Attorney Billy Joe Sheffield will represent Snellgrove.
Snellgrove turned himself in on Tuesday.
He's charged with 2 counts of using public office for personal gain.
Investigators say Snellgrove profited more than $214,000 in a business deal with Country Crossing.
"Mr. Snellgrove maintains his innocence he is innocent of these charges. I would point out that he went to the grand jury family members went to the grand jury family members tried to assist in this investigation he did everything in his power to help the attorney general," said Sheffield.
Sheffield says he did not know when they would go to trial.
He says there is still a lot of paperwork to go through.
A former Houston County commissioner turned himself in Tuesday, facing two state ethics violations.
Bobby Snellgrove surrendered to the Houston County Jail around 1:00 p.m. The Alabama Attorney General’s Office is charging him with two felonies, both related to his alleged involvement in the former Country Crossing complex along US 231 South.
A grand jury indicted Snellgrove, a three term county commissioner, on Monday, December 17th. The 70-year-old is accused of intentionally using his office to collect $214,122.00 from either Country Crossing or Ronnie Gilley, the complex’s developer. State prosecutors claim Snellgrove illegally obtained that money for either personal gain, for a family member or for a company called Regional Security.
The second charge is similar. Prosecutors claim Snellgrove illegally collected $6,087.20 for either himself, a family member or for a company called Regional Portables. Again, this money allegedly came from Gilley or Country Crossing.
Snellgrove represented District 2 for twelve years on the Houston County Commission before losing re-election in 2010.
Snellgrove has since been released from the Houston County Jail on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on these charges on January 7th.
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange announced the arrest today of former Houston County Commissioner Bobby Snellgrove for felony ethics violations. Snellgrove, 70, surrendered this afternoon at the Houston County Jail and was released on bond.
Attorney General Strange's Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Houston County special grand jury on Tuesday, December 17, resulting in Snellgrove’s indictment.*
Specifically, the indictment charges Snellgrove with the following two state ethics law violations:
Count One charges former Commissioner Snellgrove with intentionally using his office to obtain $214,122.00 in illegal personal gain for himself, a family member or Regional Services, LLC, doing business as Regional Security, from Ronnie D. Gilley and his Country Crossings gambling businesses.
Count Two charges former Commissioner Snellgrove with intentionally using his office to obtain $6,087.20 in illegal personal gain for himself, a family member or Regional Septic Services, LLC or Regional Portables, LLC, from Ronnie D. Gilley and his Country Crossings gambling businesses.
“My office is committed to fighting public corruption. When a public official takes official action for his own personal benefit he should expect to be prosecuted,” said Attorney General Strange.
No further information about the investigation or about Snellgrove’s alleged crimes other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time.
If convicted, Snellgrove faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000 for each violation.
The Attorney General commended Special Prosecutions Chief Miles M. Hart, Deputy Attorney General Mike Duffy, and Investigators in the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division.