Former Murray County, Ga., sheriff's deputy Joshua Lamar Greeson netted a 10-month prison sentence for obstructing a public corruption investigation, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates' office.
"This defendant took an oath to uphold the law and protect the citizens of Murray County," she said in a news release on the case. "Instead, he lied to GBI agents investigating an ongoing public corruption case, betraying the community he swore to protect."
U.S. District Judge Harold L. Murphy sentenced Greeson to 10 months in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release.
"The criminal conduct of former Murray County Deputy Sheriff Greeson is unconscionable and unthinkable for those serving faithfully within the criminal justice community," FBI Atlanta Field Office special agent in-charge Mark F. Guiliano stated in the release. "Today's sentencing of Greeson will provide many opportunities for him to reflect on those actions and to serve as notice to others that this conduct will not be tolerated."
Greeson, 26, of Chatsworth, Ga., was convicted after pleading guilty on April 12, 2013. On Aug. 29, 2012, Greeson was terminated from the Murray County Sheriff's Department.
He was sentenced for lying about his role in a traffic stop and arrest on drug charges. The GBI determined the drugs had been planted and the charges were dismissed.
For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.