Former trooper Hughes to learn sentence in jail stomping

OXFORD – Former trooper Chris G. Hughes will be sentenced Monday for a 2007 Lee County Jail beating.
Hughes, 42, will appear in Oxford before Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers to learn his fate after he pleaded guilty to the crime on Feb. 7.
Once a decorated member of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Tupelo man was indicted last October on one count that, as a law enforcement officer, he stomped a woman on a concrete floor without legal justification.
That admission constituted denial of her constitutional rights to be protected from excessive force and from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Hughes faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. For his guilty plea, the government recommended 33-41 months in federal custody.
The federal charge is for a civil rights violation. No beating charges have ever been filed.