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Fmr. Autaugaville VFD assistant chief Harmon convicted

Mack Harmon (Photo Source AG's Office) Mack Harmon (Photo Source AG's Office)

Mack Cell Harmon, a former assistant chief with the Autaugaville Volunteer Fire Department, was convicted Thursday on charges of ethics violations and theft, confirms the Alabama Attorney General's office.

Harmon was found guilty by a jury in Autauga County Circuit Court following a two-day trial. The prosecution presented evidence showing Harmon, using his official position, illegally obtained and kept $500 of a donation made by a private citizen that was intended for the fire department.

Harmon was indicted in November of 2013 along with two others, former Autaugaville VFD chief, Danny Chavers, and former Autauga County Commission chairman, Ernest Terry Stoudemire, who was also a former Autaugaville VFD chief.

The money Harmon is said to have taken was being given during a time in which the department was recovering from a theft of money by Chavers, prosecutors argued, add it was supposed to help with expenses.

Chavers pleaded guilty in March to five felony charges, two for violating the ethics law and three for first-degree theft. He was sentenced in May.

An ethics charge and a second-degree theft charge are pending against Stoudemire.

"These are serious crimes involving a betrayal of the public trust and the theft of money that belonged to a volunteer fire department," said Attorney General Strange. "I am pleased that this defendant stands convicted of these violations and hope that he will face a stern punishment for his wrongdoing."

The ethics conviction is a class B felony, which carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The theft conviction is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of $6,000.

Harmon is scheduled for sentencing on August 20.

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