More Country Crossing Fallout

A former county official in Alabama has been arrested on felony charges stemming from the defunct Country Crossing entertainment complex in Dothan shuttered in 2010.

Former Houston County commissioner Bobby Snellgrove surrendered and was booked into the Houston County Jail Dec. 18 after a grand jury indicted him on two counts of felony ethics violations related to using his former office for personal gain.

He was released on $10,000 bail and ordered to appear in court Jan. 7, according to the Dothan Eagle.

Snellgrove is accused of accepting more than $220,000 in alleged bribes from ex-Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley and his related businesses during the time the development was proposed and moved through the process, including permits to play bingo at the site.

A state anti-gambling task force eventually shut down the country-music themed development for using illegal electronic bingo machines.

Gilley pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribing charges involving offering millions to legislators for pro-gambling legislation in 2010.  He was sentenced to seven years in prison as well as a $200,000 fine.

If convicted, Snellgrove could get up to 20 years in prison and fined $30,000 for each violation, the paper said.