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February 20, 2013
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Luther Strange
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Alabama Attorney General
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(MONTGOMERY) -Attorney General Luther Strange announced a felony ethics conviction
yesterday of a second former Alabama state trooper for using a state credit card to purchase
gasoline for his personal use. Terry Stallworth, 50, of Mobile, had been stationed at the Mobile
office of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Stallworth pleaded guilty in Mobile County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to two years,
which was suspended for two years of probation, and ordered to pay court costs, a fine and
restitution, all totaling more than $1,500.

This is the second state trooper in recent months to plead guilty to felony ethics charges
related to improper use of a state credit card. In November of 2012, former state trooper
Jonathon Dees also pleaded guilty to a felony ethics charge for misusing his state credit card to
purchase fuel for himself. Dees was sentenced to a five-year sentence, which was suspended,
and is currently on probation.

A third former trooper, Kenneth Grissett, was indicted in February 2012 by a Tuscaloosa
County grand jury for theft and ethics violations related to his alleged misuse of his state fuel
card. A date has not yet been set for his trial.*
The State’s evidence against Stallworth included records that Stallworth purchased fuel
on his off days with the state credit card, video evidence showing Stallworth fueling up his
personal vehicle using his state credit card, and Stallworth’s statement to ABI investigators.
Stallworth purchased more than $500 worth of fuel for his personal vehicle using his state credit
card over a three and a half month period spanning December 2010 to March 2011.

“This case is a sad example of someone who has betrayed not only the trust of taxpayers
and the law that he was sworn to uphold, but also his fellow law enforcement officers who have
earned our trust and respect,” said Attorney General Strange. “Our message to all is that public
corruption must be fought so that Alabama citizens may have confidence in those who serve the

The Attorney General commended Assistant Attorney General Pete Smyczek and
Deputy Attorney General Mike Duffy of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division,
and thanked the Alabama Bureau of Investigation for their successful handling of this case.

*Note: An indictment is merely an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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