A Marshall County circuit judge ruled this week that Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims can keep approximately $30,000 from a Citizens Bank and Trust account that is for feeding inmates.

Citizens Bank https://www.citizensbank.com/ earlier this year filed suit in Marshall County Circuit Court asking a judge to rule on who was entitled to the money – former Sheriff Scott Walls or new Sheriff Phil Sims.

The ruling has no bearing on a lawsuit Walls filed against the state of Alabama earlier this year.

State law said sheriffs can keep left over jail food money as personal income and the money was deposited into the account during Walls’ administration. He was sheriff for 12 years, from 2007-2019.

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