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AG says White Hall mayor arrested

MONTGOMERY (AP) — White Hall Mayor John L. Jackson has been arrested for allegedly stealing $46,309 from the city, Attorney General Troy King announced Thursday.

The Attorney General's Office obtained arrest warrants charging John L. Jackson, 59, with one count of first-degree theft and one ethics violation count.

Jackson's lawyer, Julian McPhillips, said a press conference addressing the charges will be held at his Montgomery office at 9 a.m. Friday.

"We adamantly deny these allegations and we'll vigorously defend the case," McPhillips said.

King's statement said the $46,309 was diverted from city services and that Jackson is accused of intentionally using his public office "for the personal gain of himself, a family member, or a business with which he is associated."

He declined to release other details.

Jackson faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000 for each of the two class B felony counts if convicted. When an officeholder is convicted of a felony, the office is vacated from the time of conviction, according to state law.

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