Former Mobile Commissioner Sentenced to 2 years

Oct 25, 2012

Former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine is sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Credit Press-Register file/John David Mercer

Former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine has been sentenced to two years in jail in a case that grew out of the death of his former girlfriend, Angel Downs.

Baldwin County Circuit Judge Charles Partin ordered Nodine to serve two years in jail for perjury and one year each for a domestic violence charge and an ethics violation. The judge said Wednesday the sentences will run concurrently.

The former commissioner made a plea deal in September just days before his second murder trial was set to start for Downs' shooting death. The murder case was closed.

Downs' sister, Susan Bloodworth, said she's grateful Nodine got some jail time, but she would have preferred a longer sentence. Defense attorney Pascal Bruijn said Nodine should have received probation.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.