Ex-Corinth police officer loses appeal

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of former Corinth police officer Jamie Brewer who pleaded guilty in 2011 to stealing money from drivers during fake traffic stops.

Brewer had challenged his 46-month sentence handed down last year. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Brewer on Wednesday.

Brewer pleaded guilty to four counts of a nine-count federal indictment. He also was ordered to pay $2,257 in restitution to his victims.

Prosecutors say he acted “under color of law” to deprive drivers of their constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure.

The incidents were alleged to have occurred on Sept. 17 and 18, 2010.

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