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Sweetwater Development (Source: WAFF)
After the city council declared a $1.5 million dollar budget shortfall earlier this week, the Decatur City Council President elaborated on concerns about the multi-million dollar Sweetwater development. More >>
After the city council declared a $1.5 million dollar budget shortfall earlier this week, the Decatur City Council President elaborated on concerns about the multi-million dollar Sweetwater development.
A jury found Daniel Proctor guilty of one count of second degree theft and one count of first degree theft.
Proctor, who represented himself in court, was expected to take the stand in his own defense Tuesday, but did not. It only took the jury 30 minutes to reach a verdict.
He was sentenced to life in prison for both counts of theft, to be served consecutively. He received the maximum sentence for the charges because of his criminal record.
Proctor stole an SUV and a gun from a friend in Madison County.
Investigators say Proctor is also a suspect in his ex-wife's disappearance. Amy Patterson went missing in 2011 from Lee County, Florida, where she was a teacher. Patterson's mother attended Proctor's theft trial in Madison County.
"Please tell us, please tell us where she is. Tell us where she is. You know. You're the only person who knows. And that's all I'd ask him to do," said LaDonna Salehi, Amy's mother.
Salehi says Proctor's punishment provides some relief, she won't have closure until Patterson is found.
Proctor's mother, Joyce Rosenbaum, also attended the trial.
"They're saying that I know where she is. I don't know where Amy is. I wish I did because I would go get her myself," said Rosenbaum.
Investigators at the Lee County Sheriff's Office believe Patterson was a victim of domestic homicide. He was charged with assault against Patterson in 1994.
Legal analyst Mark McDaniel said it wasn't the best decision for Proctor to represent himself.
"If there's ever a person that needed a lawyer and should have had a lawyer it was this individual here because he not only has these charges which we now know he has these two life sentences, he has a more serious problem in the state of Florida," McDaniel said.
Florida investigators renewed the search for Patterson earlier this summer.