Former sheriff Mike Blakely speaks for the first time since conviction
“There’s nothing that I did that I’m ashamed of or felt like I did wrong,”
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Mike Blakely, the former Sheriff in Limestone County and the longest-serving sheriff in the state, spoke to the media for the first time since his conviction back in August.
The speech was held at Tuten Law Offices in Huntsville on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Blakely strongly maintains his innocence.
”You have no idea what a game-changer it is when basically everything was taken away from you,”
Blakely served as Limestone County’s Sheriff for nearly forty years. His career and benefits were all stripped away when Blakely was convicted of two theft and ethics charges in a trial that lasted for weeks. And things look different for the former sheriff these days.
“I started several years ago writing a book and we were close to having it finished and when this came up, it kind of altered a little bit because probably about a third of it will be about my trial,” said Blakely.
Blakely and his attorneys are appealing his convictions.
“I’m not guilty of what I was convicted of and I really feel very positive going into this appeal. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t be appealing this case if I felt like I was guilty and everything was honky dory in my trial,” said Blakely.
After Blakely was convicted, he spent several weeks in the jail he used to run before his sentencing.
“Best jail in the state of Alabama! That’s another thing I’m proud of. The food was real good and the staff took very good care of me,” said Blakely.
Blakely says he doesn’t think he got any special treatment in the jail and says he probably had fewer privileges than others behind bars. While Blakely could not talk about the trial and convictions themselves, he says some people may not have been totally fair and honest.
“There’s something that Mark Twain said a long time ago, ‘A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its shoes laced up,’ and I think I to a certain extent was a victim to that,” said Blakely.
Bottom line, Blakely says there’s nothing he would have done differently.
“There’s nothing that I did that I’m ashamed of or felt like I did wrong,” said Blakely.
Blakely was convicted of felony theft and felony ethics charges in August. He was later sentenced to serve 36 months in a Franklin County jail.
You can watch the full press conference below:
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