Alabama House Speaker Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -
Mike Hubbard entering the courtroom in Opelika, Ala.,  for sentencing on Friday. (Todd Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP, Pool)
Mike Hubbard entering the courtroom in Opelika, Ala., for sentencing on Friday. (Todd Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP, Pool)

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been sentenced to four years in prison for violating the state’s ethics law.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker handed down the sentence Friday. Hubbard faces additional time on probation.

Hubbard was convicted in June of a range of ethics violations, including improperly soliciting lobbyists and company executives for consulting contracts and investment, and using his office to benefit his clients.

Prosecutors argued that Hubbard betrayed the trust of voters and his fellow lawmakers, and asked for a five-year prison sentence.

Hubbard was one of the state’s most powerful politicians. He led the 2010 GOP takeover of the Alabama Legislature.

During the trial, Hubbard maintained his innocence and testified that he never used the power of his office for personal benefit.