- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A south Alabama bondsman accused of chaining two men to courthouse doors in June has been convicted of unlawful imprisonment.

The Dothan Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1qSkHHV) Rickey Stokes was found guilty Monday. Stokes has been sentenced to 10 days in jail, is ordered to pay $500 fines for each count and serve two years of probation.

Stokes says he’ll appeal the conviction. Stokes had been in a dispute with the local court system because active warrants were not out for the two men after they missed their court dates.

Stokes’ attorney Derek Yarbrough argued that Alabama law gives bondsman flexibility when dealing with people who have signed bonds and the two men he handcuffed to the doors consented and didn’t resist. The men denied that in court.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com


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