By Byron Spires,
Former Gadsden County Sheriff’s Captain Jim Corder has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison followed by one year of controlled supervision.
Corder was in court for sentencing under US Federal Judge Mark Walker who after hearing several hours of arguments from both the federal prosecuting attorney and defense attorney pronounced his sentence.
Like the state court system, prison time is graded based on the offense and background of the person convicted.
Judge Walker went beyond the recommended guidelines of 15 to 21 months for Corder when he gave him the 30 months.
Corder’s conviction was for violating the civil rights of an arrestee (1 count), obstruction of justice (1 count), and making false statements in a federal investigation (3 counts).
Those charges carried up to 26 years in prison.
The following is a statement from Gadsden County Sheriff Morris A. Young: “From the inception of this case our office worked to facilitate a thorough and fair investigation of the facts. As sheriff, I hold those within my administration to high standards and now that the judicial process has been completed we will continue to move forward as an organization accountable to a community.”
There will be more on this sentencing in the April 16 issue of The Herald.