Former Dora magistrate pleads guilty in theft case
by Rachel Davis
May 13, 2014 | 2044 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair reached a plea agreement with former Dora Magistrate Jeri Muir this week.

Muir was arrested in late 2012, after a Walker County grand jury indicted her on one count of first-degree theft. She reportedly took between $4,500 and $5,000 in money that had been turned in to the city as bonds during 2009 and 2010.

Muir had been out of jail on bond awaiting trial, but she agreed to plead guilty to one count of second-degree theft, a Class C felony, and received a three-year sentence to be served as supervised probation.

She will also be required to pay the amount taken back to the city of Dora in payments.

Muir was represented by Public Defender Sam Bentley, who said he believed she was remorseful for her actions and eager to make amends.

Although this case happened prior to current Dora Mayor Randy Stephens’ election, he said the outcome of the case was important to the city.

“It is unfortunate that situations such as this come up; however, the DA’s office did a good job with the investigation and the court system followed through. It is important for the citizens of Dora to know that we do not take these incidents lightly,” Stephens said.

When Stephens took office in late 2012, he ordered a full audit of the city’s finances, in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office, calling it his “top priority” when elected.

Former City Clerk Marilyn Dumpson has also been charged in a separate case of theft from the city. Adair said he believed her case would be coming up for trial later this year.