- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The mayor of Mosses has pleaded guilty to a felony ethics charge that he used town funds to pay his child support and for other personal gain.

Walter S. Hill entered the guilty plea Friday, acknowledging he took $25,370 for his personal use. The attorney general’s office, which prosecuted the case, said Hill also resigned as mayor.

Mr. Hill has committed flagrant abuses of the public trust and taxpayers’ money for too long,” Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement. “It is extremely important that this case has resulted in him no longer being in office.”

Hill was previously convicted of misdemeanor ethics charges in 2014.

Mosses is a tiny town of about 1,000 people in high-poverty Lowndes County. The town is about 50 miles west of Montgomery.

Strange’s office said Hill also: issued himself multiple checks on the town’s account without authorization; issued reimbursement payments for property lost in a fire at his home and issued himself unapproved stipends.

Defense attorney Julian McPhillips said Hill agreed to pay back the money and did not fight the charge.

“I want you to know, however, that, as remorseful and humble as Mr. Hill is, and he is not denying that he used his office for personal gain, he has nonetheless fully agreed to pay back every dime, and has nothing but best wishes for his successor and the Town of Mosses and all of Lowndes County,” McPhillips said.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15. Hill could face up to 20 years in prison.

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