Today, Mickey Sharpe, Jr., age 47, pleaded guilty before District Judge Frank "Trippy" McGuire, III, to two counts of Theft of Property III and two counts of Misapplication of Property for his role in the thefts from the Andalusia Utility Board. The thefts, which stem back to 2008, were investigated by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Andalusia Police Department and Covington County District Attorney’s Office. For each of his four convictions, Sharpe was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, and the sentences were ordered to run consecutively. He was placed on two years’ probation.
District Attorney Walt Merrell said, "This investigation is being handled in stages. Mickey Sharpe was part of the first stage of the investigation and was determined by investigators to be the least culpable of the suspects in the Utility Board thefts. With his full and continuing cooperation, we were able to quickly and easily resolve Sharpe’s cases. The second stage of the investigation is now also complete, and the coming weeks will being more news about the findings of that stage. We are currently conducting the third stage of the investigation."