Former State Rep. Micky Hammon released from prison

Micky Hammon

Former Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon was released from federal prison Thursday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

The Decatur-Republican was sentenced to three months in prison on charges relating to mail fraud back in February.

Hammon pleaded guilty on felony charges in September to devising a scheme to commit mail fraud involving his campaign funds.

During his sentencing he was ordered to pay $50,657 in restitution for the crimes, which will be distributed to his campaign contributors, and was sentenced to three months in federal prison and three years supervised release. He faced a maximum sentence of 20 years.

According to court documents, Hammon used campaign money to pay his own personal expenses as part of a mail fraud scheme.

In 2013, he created a principal campaign committee through the Secretary of States Office allowing him to raise funds for his reelection campaign. He was writing  checks from his campaign committee account and then depositing them into his personal account. He later used the funds to pay for personal expenses, which is strictly prohibited by Alabama campaign finance rules.

As a result of pleading guilty to a felony, Hammon was automatically removed from his House seat in the state House. He had represented the 4th district in the Alabama House since 2002 and served as the House of Representative’s majority leader until Feb. 2017.