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Former Wilcox Sheriff Sentenced to Prison

3:04 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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A former sheriff of Wilcox County was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Wednesday for assaulting a jail inmate and conspiring to cover it up.

Stacy Bloodsworth pleaded guilty in October to assault and conspiracy charges.

Four other men were also sentenced in the case.

The assaults happened in the Wilcox County jail in July 2009.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office, Bloodsworth ordered the three inmates out of their cells because he was angry with them, hit all three, then watched as others also hit and kicked them.

One inmate's jaw was broken, and Bloodsworth used a wrench to try to put it back in place. The man's jaw was later wired shut at a local hospital. The other two inmates were also injured.

Bloodsworth and the other men reportedly made up a false story about the beatings and lied to an FBI agent about it, the release says.

Also sentenced:

--Austin Bloodsworth, the former sheriff's son, 18 months in prison;

--Former jail inmate-trustee Willie James Caruthers, 18 months;

--Former South Central Georgia Drug Task Force Agent Timothy King Jr., six months in prison.

--Former jailer Casey Owens, probation.

Stacy Bloodsworth resigned as sheriff in February 2012, after being indicted by a federal grand jury.



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