By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Federal detention is the new locale for Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker, convicted March 2 in a nursing service kickback-bribery scheme.
Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. ordered Shoemaker’s arrest April 4 on a violation of pretrial supervision, a court document shows.
A Lafayette County Detention Center spokesman verified that Shoemaker is being held there.
Shortly after his conviction, Shoemaker was arrested on accusations he threatened and assaulted a deputy U.S. marshal while his trial was under way.
After a March 12 preliminary hearing in Aberdeen, Shoemaker was bound over for grand jury action and allowed to remain free on bond posted in the earlier case.
Two days later, Biggers ordered Shoemaker to refrain from using any alcohol and to be tested with random frequency, as well as to pay for the monitoring program designed by the U.S. Probation Service.
A probation service spokesman declined to provide any information about Shoemaker’s arrest.
Jeff Woodfin with the U.S. Marshal Service said he believed the arrest had to do with a Lee County complaint.
Sheriff Jim Johnson and District Attorney Trent Kelly said Tuesday they aren’t aware of any recent incidents involving Shoemaker.
In 2011, Shoemaker was indicted on a DUI-3rd felony charge. It was passed for trial during the Lee County circuit term in February.