JACKSON, Miss. — A former federal corrections officer has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after taking money to give tobacco to a prisoner.
James P. Cheatham III was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to federal prison, three years of supervised release and a $1,500 fine.
The 24-year-old Brandon resident pleaded guilty in June to one count of bribery. Prosecutors say an inmate’s brother wired $6,100 to Cheatham’s girlfriend on four occasions in February 2016 in exchange for Cheatham smuggling tobacco to the inmate at a federal prison in Yazoo City. Cheatham then worked as a guard at the facility.
A second former guard, Julius Pearson, was sentenced last week to a year in prison for smuggling tobacco into the Yazoo County prison in exchange for $10,000.