From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — A former Birmingham Building Inspector was sentenced to jail after a Jefferson County jury found him guilty of intentionally using his office or position for personal gain.
According to Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office, Thomas Edward Stoves, 53, was convicted after the jury heard testimony that he accepted $1,200 in cash in exchange for approving a building inspection of a local adult entertainment club.
Marshall stated in a press release that Circuit Judge Michael Streety sentenced Stoves to five years at the sentencing hearing, split to serve 90 days in the Jefferson County Jail. Although acknowledging Stove’s lack of prior criminal history, Judge Streety also noted—as did the State in their argument—that this offense involved a violation of public trust, stating there must be a consequence for that breach of the public trust.
The Court additionally noted that the jury’s swift verdict spoke volumes (the jury deliberated less than an hour).
Marshall thanked his Special Prosecutions Division, including Assistant Attorneys General Nathan Mays, Kyle Beckman, Alana Cammack, and Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Clark Morris. Marshall also thanked FBI Special Agent Michael Faulkner and all the agents and support staff of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division, whose hard work contributed to the successful prosecution of this case.