Former Daleville councilman sent to prison

Marvin Wise

A former Daleville City Councilman who pleaded guilty to sex charges involving a minor will spend time in prison.

In a court order signed Sept. 10, Dale County Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Clark denied Marvin Wise’s request for probation. “Defendant is remanded to custody to serve his sentence,” Clark ruled.

That is a decision that Thirty-third Judicial Circuit District Attorney Kirke Adams concurs with. “When you are elected by the people, you should be held to a higher standard,” Adams said following Clark’s ruling. “When you violate the trust of the people, especially by breaking the law, you are going to be held accountable.”

Wise had been sentenced to seven years in the state penitentiary by Clark June 4 after pleading guilty to second-degree sodomy as part of a plea agreement with the state. He had been out of jail on bond since first arrested in 2017. Among the conditions of his release was a stipulation that Wise have no contact with the victim and that he must reside in the Level Plains area.

Wise was first arrested by Daleville police on Oct. 18, 2017, and charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, enticing a child and two charges of second-degree sexual abuse.

He was arrested again on Nov. 6, 2018, and charged with possession of child pornography.

During the June 4 hearing, the charges regarding second-degree rape, enticing a child, the two charges of second-degree sexual abuse and possession of child pornography were dismissed.

Also during the June 4 hearing, Clark reminded Wise that the stipulations regarding his release still stood stressing that he would have “absolutely no contact” with the victim in the case.

An oral application for probation was also presented to the court during the June 4 hearing. Wise had been out of jail on his bond first set in 2017.

Wise was removed from the Daleville City Council and the city’s water board January 2018. He had served on the council from 2015-18.

Wise had not attended a city council meeting or work session since he was first arrested on Oct. 18, 2017. He had also not attended a water board meeting since his first arrest.

Wise also served as chief inspector over Daleville voting polls for a number of years. He did not serve for the special election held in December 2017.

Wise served as president for IAM Local Lodge 2003 from 2013 to December 2015, according to the organization's website.

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