Brandon Hughes

District Attorney Brandon Hughes talks to community members at the Auburn Chamber

During the second day of his trial, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes pled guilty to two felony counts in a deal made with prosecutors that will result in jail time. 

Hughes pled guilty to first-degree perjury and the use of his office for personal gain, according to a release by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office last week.

As part of the deal, Hughes agreed to a three-year sentence for both felony counts, split to serve 10 months in jail. Hughes must also pay back $14,000 to the Lee County District Attorney’s Fund in legal fees stemming from the charge of using his public office for personal gain in a settlement made with a former prosecutor in his office who had levied allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. He will also pay restitution to a Chambers County business for a dismissed charge. 

Both charges that Hughes pled guilty to stem from the sexual harassment claim against him from attorney Taylor-Lee Stokes, with the perjury charge resulting from statements given before the Alabama Ethics Commission.

Hughes was removed from office immediately per state law, with District Attorney Pro Tem Jessica Ventiere currently holding his role.

The guilty plea brings to an end Hughes’ tenure as Lee County district attorney, a position he was elected to in 2016 and starting serving in early 2017. 

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