By Patsy R. Brumfield
OXFORD – Ex-trooper Christopher G. Hughes was sentenced today to 33 months in federal prison.
Hughes, 42, of Tupelo pleaded guilty Feb. 25 to depriving a Lee County Jail arrestee of her civil rights when he stomped her on the concrete floor in 2007.
Assault charges never were filed against him in the incident.
Hughes appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers with his attorney Jason Herring of Tupelo.
Hughes will turn himself into the designated prison Aug. 19.
The final decision about where he will serve his time will be up to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
When Hughes pleaded guilty, government prosecutors recommended a sentence of 33-41 months.
In exchange for his plea, the government agreed to dismiss two other civil rights cases against Hughes.
Hughes’ Oct. 25, 2012, indictment states that on Oct. 14, 2007, he transported a woman to the jail and then, “acting under color of law,” threw her onto the concrete floor, stomped her head against the floor and kicked her “without legal justification,” injuring her and depriving her of her constitutional rights to freedom from excessive force and from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Without a plea deal, Hughes faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
His other attorney, Anthony Farese of Ashland, was not present today due to continued medical treatment for a condition which hospitalized him several weeks ago.