Sherry Lewis avoids prison on corruption conviction

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Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones ordered Sherry Lewis during a hearing to pay fines of $30,000 and to perform 400 hours of community service for her conviction on felony ethics charges of using her position for personal gain.

The sentence included a suspended prison sentence, and a statement from prosecutors said Lewis won’t have to serve time if she fulfills other aspects of her punishment.

Lewis was convicted in October of using the position to obtain jobs for her son, football bowl tickets, lavish meals and alcohol from a contractor. Meanwhile, she voted for the contractor to receive inflated payments from the Birmingham Water Works Board, authorities said.

A contractor and a subcontractor are awaiting trial.

Republished with the Permission of the Associated Press.