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Former Bel Air Commissioner Terence Hanley submitted an Alford Plea in his Cecil County theft case.

Former Bel Air Commissioner Terence Hanley was sentenced to serve one year of supervised probation after submitting an Alford Plea in a last week.

Hanely appeared in  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 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.

Dale Thomas December 06, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Another deal cutting corrupt politician. All the same local, state, or federal no one else believes they're innocent except their own deluded self and loyal misguided friends.
Alana Denise Hicks-Amoroso December 06, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Oh gee, another corrupt politician.....imagine that!! All their lying asses should be in jail.....not one out there that you can trust!!
dj December 06, 2011 at 01:06 AM
yeah all their asses should be in jail
Phil Dirt December 06, 2011 at 06:34 AM
At least he's now an ex-politician.
Leonard December 06, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Once again the law protect the criminal. My question is what good does any of this do for Ramsey Ford? Is the $5000 loss their problem? Hanley wasn't convicted, or he was then that was struck and he wound up with a PBJ. How can the $5000 be recouped if nobody is criminally responsible being there is no judgement?
Eric bel air December 06, 2011 at 02:18 PM
I thought that was already paid back- after he was confronted Hanley paid $3500 (or so) with a personal check, and then had $1500 of it withheld from a paycheck.
Kirsten Dize December 06, 2011 at 02:35 PM
It was already paid back, Eric, you are correct. Hanley wrote Ramsey Ford a personal check for $3,500 and the rest was withheld to make up the difference, according to charging documents. http://patch.com/A-mcM7
Hazzard Native December 06, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Make all political office salaries $1 per year, then we'll see who shows up.
Dale Thomas December 07, 2011 at 12:34 AM
That's one I've never heard of - an innocent person making restitution.
Bel Air Native February 15, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Figures.

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