Scottie Dewayne Wilkins, 30, of Winston County, entered his plea at the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse before U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon to one bribery count charging him with soliciting and accepting the bribe on Sept. 22, 2011, from an individual who had a probation matter pending in state court. U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley announced the guilty plea Thursday afternoon.
Wilkins took the bribe “intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with using his position as a police officer with the City of Jasper to provide assistance” to the individual on his probation matter, according to the charge brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama. The individual who paid the bribe has not been named publicly.
Wilkins agreed to forfeit $5,000 and a diamond ring he bought on Sept. 22.
“Most police officers work tirelessly every day to uphold their oath to protect and serve their communities. When an officer breaks the law instead of enforcing it, he or she will be prosecuted,” Vance said.
Wilkins is being represented by Hope Marshall.
“Today Scottie accepted responsibility for the biggest mistake he has made in his life,” Marshall told the Birmingham News. “He has been harder on himself than the justice system should ever demand. After today, we look forward to convincing Judge Kallon that Scottie deserves to remain a productive citizen of society.”
Wilkins’ sentencing is set for Sept. 26. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the bribery count.
The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Cornelius is prosecuting the case.