Rock receives one-year sentence for traffic-stop scams

Court NewsBy Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Pontotoc minister Jody Mac Rock was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for bilking two drivers at traffic stops when he was an Ecru policeman.

Rock, 36, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to two federal counts of depriving persons of their constitutional rights to protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

He was given 12 months in prison for each of the two counts, they will be served concurrently and will be followed by a year of post-release supervision. He will also be required to pay a $50 special assessment and perform 100 hours of community service.

He admitted that in 2008, while working as a policeman, he stopped two motorists and demanded money in exchange for a traffic ticket against each.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock sentenced Rock in Aberdeen.

Without a plea deal, he faced up to a year in prison on each charge. He also faced up to $100,000 in fines and an order to pay restitution.

Rock has been free on bond since his indictment May 22, 2012.