Eiland to testify against former cop
Published 12:00 am Friday, June 20, 2014
The split sentence that includes probation for Ashley Bostwick Eiland in a child pornography case means she will spend every day of 15 months in a state prison.
The former chamber executive director may return to Covington County to testify in another high-profile case.
As part of her plea deal, Eiland was granted immunity for her expected testimony in a case in which former Andalusia Police Department Investigator Jason Curry is charged with drug and prostitution offenses.
District Attorney Walt Merrell did not specify Eiland’s relationship with Curry. Curry was found to be in possession of two Oxy Contin 40-milligram pills, which he attempted to provide to an Alabama Bureau of Investigation informant in return for sexual activities, at the time of his arrest.
Eiland was sentenced Thursday after she pleaded guilty in May of possession of obscene matter – specifically, nude images of a child under the age of 17.
Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan granted the immunity prior to sentencing Eiland Thursday, adding she would receive no immunity in specific circumstances.
“This is being super cautious,” McKathan said. “I know the chances of this are remote, but for conduct that led to the death of a person, I would not grant immunity in respect to that.”
Curry, who has resigned from the APD, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance and prostitution.