Former Bel Air Commissioner Terence Hanley was sentenced to serve one year of supervised probation after submitting an Alford Plea in a theft case last week.
Hanely appeared in Cecil County Circuit Court for a pre-trial conference on Thursday for a charge of stealing between $1,000 and $10,000. But he entered a plea instead. An Alford plea means Hanley maintains he is innocent while acknowledging that the state has enough evidence to possibly secure conviction.
The Cecil County judge entered a guilty verdict but then struck that disposition and sentenced Hanley to probation before judgment. If Hanley—who lost his bid for reelection last month—follows the terms of the probation, the guilty verdict can be erased from his record.
Hanley was ordered to pay supervision fees and court costs of $145 in addition to serving one year supervised probation.
Hanley was charged with stealing $5,000 from Ramsey Ford, his former employer, in Elkton.