FBI: Talbot County Sheriff's Office corruption case almost over

TALBOT COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - FBI agents tell News Leader 9 former Talbot County Sheriff Herman Howard accepted bribes during the FBI's 2-year investigation into corruption in the county. 

FBI agents say Howard would have been indicted in the corruption case along with the rest of the lawmen, but Howard died of a massive heart attack last year, before charged were filed.

Thursday in Federal Court, two former law enforcement officials, Jeff Sivell and Alvin Malone, were sentenced to a little over three years in prison for their involvement in the corruption. 

Sivell was a deputy with the Talbot County Sheriff's Office.  Malone was an officer with Talbotton Police.

Sivell was also ordered to pay $5,100 in restitution.  FBI agents say this is the amount of money he owed the government for the undercover purchases.  Malone will pay $8,000 in restitution. After their prison time, both men will have three years of supervised release.

FBI agents say this case will soon wrap up.  Two other men charged in the case will be sentenced in the coming months.  

Charlie Stephens, who worked for the police department, will be sentenced in April.

Former Sheriff Howard's son, Michael Howard, pled guilty in January to lying to the FBI.  His sentencing is set for May 1.

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