By Byron Spires,
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.