A Newville man pleaded guilty this week to nearly two dozen felony charges involving theft from a local farming business.
Thomas Arthur Brannon, 52, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree theft of property and 20 counts of second-degree possession of a counterfeit instrument, court records show. Brannon pleaded guilty before Circuit Court Judge Kevin Moulton.
Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska said Brannon was given 20 years on two of the theft charges – 10 years each to be served consecutively – as part of his plea deal. Brannon was given 10 years for the remaining charges to be served at the same time, or at the same time, with the 20-year sentence.
However, the 20-year sentence was suspended for five years of probation, according to Valeska.
Court records show that officers from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested Brannon in April 2013 on charges of theft and felony.
Valeska said Brannon pleaded guilty to robbing Kelly AG, a Headland farming business. He also said Brannon previously worked for the company.
“They (the victims) have already collected over $ 60,000 in restitution, but there will be over $ 40,000 more,” Valeska said.
Valeska said there would also be a restitution hearing at a later date to determine how much is still owed.