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August 17, 2018

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Alabama Attorney General

Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Sentencing
of Former Prattville Policeman, John Wayne McDaniel Jr.
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Prattville
policeman John Wayne McDaniel Jr. has been sentenced for conspiracy to commit burglary, third-
degree theft, second-degree theft of prescription medicine and criminal impersonation of a police
McDaniel was sentenced this morning in Autauga County Circuit Court to 10 years for each
count, with the sentences split for him to serve three years in community corrections. The sentences
run concurrently. In the community corrections program, defendants may serve their time outside of
prison or jail but are held to stringent conditions and supervision, and upon any failure to comply are
subject to immediately being sent to jail or prison.
“It is always serious and a sad betrayal of the public’s trust when a law enforcement officer
breaks the law he has sworn to uphold,” said Attorney General Marshall. “In this case, the court
considered that McDaniel acknowledged his wrongdoing, cooperated in the investigation, and
assisted with information for the prosecution of others in related crimes. His sentence takes this into
account, yet imposes strong controls to invoke his prison sentence if he fails to abide by the strict
standards of the community corrections program.”
McDaniel’s cooperation was a factor in the successful prosecution of another former Prattville
police officer, Leon Todd Townson, who was sentenced on Monday to serve 10 years in the Alabama
Department of Corrections for first-degree insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit first-degree
burglary, and three years for third-degree burglary. Townson’s sentences run concurrently.
Additionally, he was ordered to pay $203,307.20 in restitution to Travelers Insurance for defrauding
the company. A co-defendant in the burglary conspiracy who also had agreed to cooperate in the
prosecution of Townson, Raymond Douglas McCray, was also sentenced on Monday to 10 years,
which was suspended for three years of probation. McDaniel, 49, and Townson, 51, are of Prattville;
and McCray, 18, is of Montgomery.
Attorney General Marshall commended Assistant Attorney General John Kachelman of the
Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division for his work in bringing these cases to a successful
conclusion. He also commended Special Agents of his Investigations Division, and thanked the
Prattville Police Department for their exemplary work in the investigation and prosecution of these
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