A Gadsden man who committed a computer crime that helped to put a longtime Gadsden store out of business pleads guilty, today to two different crimes. Bryan McDaniel pleaded guilty to violation of the state computer crime act and aggravated child abuse. McDaniel will serve a 10-year and a 20-year sentence concurrently.
Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp says Mcdaniel was punished with the maximum sentences for both crimes. The computer crime McDaniel pleaded guilty to came during his employment at Hicks Family Shoes. Heather Hicks Copeland, the daughter of Hicks Family Shoes owners, said it’s been a two year long journey and she’s glad McDaniel revealed the truth. Hicks Family Shoes was the longest-running retail business on Broad Street in Gadsden. It closed last year, after 75 years of business.