Former sheriff accused of taking taxpayer money enters Alford plea

This photo shows former Hickman County Sheriff Mark Green (far right) in court on April 4, 2014.

HICKMAN COUNTY, KY — A former sheriff in west Kentucky accused of spending taxpayer money as his own has entered an Alford plea — meaning he is not admitting guilt, but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him if the case goes to trial.

Former Hickman County Sheriff Mark Green faced one count of abuse of public trust in an amount less than $10,000. He pleaded not guilty to that charge in April. But Thursday, at what was scheduled to be a pretrial conference, Green changed his plea.

Green entered an Alford plea to a lesser charge of attempted theft by failure to make required disposition of property less than $10,000, the Hickman County Circuit Clerk’s Office confirms. The original charge is a felony, but the new charge is a misdemeanor.

The prosecutor recommended a 180-day sentence. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 1.

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