At about 5:30 p.m., smoke was reported billowing from Havana Heights Building E. As firefighters from the Havana, Concord and Midway Volunteer Fire Departments arrived, flames could be seen shooting up inside of the building.
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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.
Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and the Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) hosted a celebration last Thursday, February 26th for Black History Month. A packed room of law enforcement officers from agencies throughout Gadsden County and others joined together to hear Judge Angela Cox of Duval County speak about the reasons for the eighth anniversary of the event.
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West Gadsden’s boys’ basketball team advanced to the regional finals by defeating Northview-Bratt 74-44 Tuesday night in the Class 1A - Region 2 semi-final game at the Panther gym in Greensboro.
The Panthers (28-2) turned up the defense and kept Northview-Bratt out of sync most of the night. By halftime the Panthers were leading 36-18 and never looked back.
Justin Walker led the Panthers in scoring with 17 points, 13 of those coming in the first quarter. Archie Albritton added 16 more for the home team.
West Gadsden will now host its nemesis, Chipley High School, on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Chipley defeated Franklin County 85-46 Tuesday night to reach the final.
The winner of the West Gadsden - Chipley game will advance to the state tournament next week in Lakeland.
In the ongoing case concerning Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young’s “furlough hearing,” Florida’s First District Court of Appeals (DCA) has issued a response to the “Writ of Prohibition” filed by the sheriff.
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Former Gadsden County Sheriff’s Captain Jim Corder was found guilty Thursday afternoon of all five charges against him in federal court.
The counts are: violating the civil rights of an arrestee (1 count), obstruction of justice (1 count), and making false statements in a federal investigation (3 counts).
The defense and prosecution ended their case with closing statements Thursday around lunch.
The jury spent less than two hours deliberating before returning the verdict to the courtroom.
After the guilty verdict was read, Federal Judge M. Walker set the sentencing date for April 8 at 10 AM in the federal courthouse in Tallahassee.
There will also be a pre-sentencing hearing to be set at some time in the future prior to the actual sentencing date.
Corder was allowed by the judge to continue being out on bail.
The five-count indictment alleged that on July 25, 2013, Corder deprived an arrestee of his constitutional right to due process of law by stealing approximately $1,785 belonging to the arrestee.
The indictment stated Corder made false and misleading statements concerning the theft to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Corder faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice, five years in prison for making false statements in a federal investigation, and one year in prison for deprivation of civil rights.