Fulton man pleads guilty to hindering prosecution

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

Gerald Brown, brother of suspended Fulton Fire Chief Freddie Brown, has pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution in the first degree.
On Thursday, Brown pleaded guilty to concealing information regarding the 2010 beating death of Johnny Neil Johnson of Fulton.
He was sentenced to five years, with all time suspended and three years of supervised probation.
The case against Brown’s brother, Freddie, who was arrested with the same charges, is scheduled for next week’s court docket.
Both Browns were arrested for allegedly lying about the location of the attack on Johnson, delaying the arrest of Chris Bird, who has been charged with manslaughter as a result of Johnson’s death.
Last week, Bird pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
Hindering the prosecution in the first degree is a felony charge applied to those accused of rendering criminal assistance to a person who has committed a felony, knowing or believing that such person has engaged in conduct constituting a felony. This can involve harboring or concealing a suspect, providing a suspect with transportation or money or the preventing by act of deception the apprehension of a suspect.

Adam Armour can be reached at 862-3141, by e-mailing adam.armour@journalinc.com or by visiting his blog at itawamba360.com.