Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine

Press-Register file/John David Mercer

A former Mobile County commissioner who was sentenced to two years in jail on perjury and harassment charges has been released. reports 51-year-old Stephen Nodine was released Monday morning. Nodine was charged in the death of his 45-year-old ex-girlfriend Angel Downs but a jury deadlocked on murder charges.

Nodine was instead sentenced on a perjury charge for lying about being able to afford an attorney, harassing Downs and an ethics charge linked to his use of a county-issued truck.

Nodine has maintained that he was not involved in Downs' death.

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.