By Patsy R. Brumfield
TUPELO – Mississippi’s 1997 Trooper of the Year will serve a federal civil rights sentence in Big Spring, Texas, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says.
In a letter to Christopher G. Hughes’ attorneys, BOP advises Hughes of Tupelo to report there by 2 p.m. Aug. 19.
Now an ex-trooper, Hughes was sentenced July 15 to 33 months in prison for his February guilty plea that he deprived a female prisoner of her civil rights when he stomped her into the concrete floor of the Lee County Jail in 2007 while he was still a law officer.
As part of a deal to plead guilty instead of going on trial, Hughes also agreed never to seek employment in law enforcement.
He was never prosecuted criminally by the state for the beating and the deadline to do so passed a few years ago.
Without the deal, Hughes faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
When Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. sentenced Hughes, he told the ex-law enforcement officer his behavior was “totally uncalled for.” He also ordered Hughes to undergo mental health treatment while he is in prison.
The Big Spring facility midway between Dallas and El Paso houses low security male inmates and has a satellite camp housing minimum security male inmates.