By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Almost two years after his indictment, Michael G. Hubbard was convicted and sentenced to 96 years, with a split sentence of 4 years in State prison, with no “good time” or chance of parole, and 16 years supervised probation. Judge Jacob Walker, III, also ordered Hubbard to pay fines equaling $210, 000 plus other court costs.
The State asked the Court to require Hubbard to pay $1,125,000.00 in restitution. Judge Walker denied the State’s request saying, there no case law showing the State as victim. However, he gave the State 30 days to show case law where a state is considered a victim.
Hubbard was given a credit of 2 days for time served.
Judge Walker gave Hubbard 42 days to file post-trial motions, if denied, he has 42 days to appeal.
Hubbard showed no remorse at sentencing. His attorney, Bill Baxley, said Hubbard didn’t need to apologize or ask for the court’s leniency, because he had done nothing wrong.
Even though he was found guilty of 12 felony counts of public corruption, Hubbard still claims his prosecution was a political witch hunt.
Judge Jacob Walker, III, said, “Appeals bond typical. I would be inclined to grant it, if it comes down to that.”
Depending on the length of the appeal process, Hubbard, now 54, may be 58 or 59 when he is released from prison. He will complete his probation sometime around his seventy-forth birthday.