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Candidate for county executive given jail time
Orr serves 39 days for three charges
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A county executive candidate has been sentenced to more than a month in jail for criminal trespass.
The candidate and defendant, Billy Daniel Orr, 60, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of criminal trespass, passing a worthless check, and violation of probation.
He was ordered to serve 39 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and was directed to have a mental exam and follow the recommendations of mental health experts. He is also not to have any contact with the victim in the case.
His sentence comes for his alleged repeated trespasses on land he has leased to another man for nursery growing purposes. Orr, who has a house on the land he rents out, had been harassing the man who rents from him, as well as his employees and customers, according to the warrant he entered pleas to.
“These incidents have been ongoing for the past two or three months,” the warrant reads.
Another criminal trespass warrant was dropped in light of his guilty plea. He also entered a plea to passing a worthless check for $510. The pleas led to the revocation of the probation he was on for a prior offense.
In court, Orr maintained the charges against him were politically motivated to sabotage his campaign.
He has been released on time served after the 39 days in jail.
Orr remains a candidate for the Republican nomination for the office of county executive. Since the crimes are not felonies, they do not preclude him from being on the ballot.
He did not have to win a caucus to be on the ballot as a Republican. He chose to run under the GOP label after getting the 25 signatures of registered voters required to get his name on the ballot.
Orr is facing John Raymond Shields and write-in candidate Blaine Wilcher in the Republican primary in May. The top vote-getter will advance to the August General Election to face the Democratic winner and the independent candidates.