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Flowers sentence revoked

A Pike County circuit judge revoked probation this week for Leon Flowers, who faces capital murder charges in the shooting death of a Brundidge store clerk.

Flowers was convicted in March of manslaughter in the 2015 shooting death of Mantrell Jordan at Autumn Ridge Apartments. At the time, he was sentenced to 15 years, split for three years with time served. He was released April 30 on time served because he had spent three years in jail awaiting trial.

Flowers has had four prior felony convictions, including the 2015 manslaughter conviction.

In the order this week, Circuit Judge Shannon Clark revoked Flowers’ probation, based on charges of “committing new offenses of capital murder and two offenses of Felon Failing to Register” and based on “the testimony and evidence presented by officers Troy Johnson of the Pike Co. (sic) Sherrif’s Dept., Brian McLendon of the Troy Police Dept., and Christopher Brooks of the Brundidge Police Dept.”

At the time of the Flowers’ arrest in July, District Attorney Tom Anderson said the prosecutors had asked for a 30-year sentence in the 2015 case, even though Flowers did not fire the fatal shot in the crime.

“We are concerned about people not getting maximum sentencing,” Anderson said. “We’re getting the attention of the parole board and this is not going to be done any more. He was out for a matter of months and then this happened.”

Thomas said a five-year “enhancement” is needed in Alabama to “get tough” on gun violence.

“How do we stop the senseless killing and the gun violence?” Thomas asked. “I’ve spoken with some legislators and brought it up in a district attorney’s meeting, we need to add an enhancement of five years for any crime involving a gun, whether that’s stealing a gun from a vehicle, attempted murder or assault. That should also apply if someone has two or three serious felonies. If we had that in place, we wouldn’t be here today.”