Blount enters prison to start sentence

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Former Calhoun Countian Wendell Blount reported to federal prison recently, court documents show.
Blount, 60, began serving a 120-month sentence March 30 at the Butner, N.C., men’s low-security prison with a medical facility.
In 2011, he was convicted in the 2010 vehicular death of Belgian cyclist Esther Hageman as she rode south on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Chickasaw County.
Hageman, a journalist, was on her way to visit friends in Jackson.
A federal jury convicted him on one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of morphine, which resulted in a fatality.
Blount’s sentence also recommended he serve his time in a medical facility so he could participate in a 500-hour drug treatment program.