By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
FULTON – A jury on Wednesday found Fulton Fire Chief Freddie Brown guilty of hindering the prosecution.
Judge Jim Pounds sentenced Brown to five years house arrest due to his involvement in the 2010 death of Johnny Neil Johnson. However, this sentence may be reduced to one year upon his successful completion of the house arrest program.
Brown also was charged with accessory after the fact of which the jury found him not guilty.
“The District Attorney’s Office is satisfied with the decision made by the jury today,” said Assistant District Attorney Chip Mills, who helped present the case against Brown. “Hopefully, Johnny Johnson’s family has some sense of closure now.”
Brown’s trial began late Tuesday afternoon and continued Wednesday morning.
Both Brown and his brother, Gerald Brown, were arrested last year for lying about the location of the attack on Johnson, delaying the arrest of Chris Bird.
Last week, Gerald Brown pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution. He was sentenced to 10 years probation. Bird pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Brown is currently on suspension from his position as fire chief – a position he had since 2000.