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Mississippi Department of Corrections Officer Arrested

U.S. Attorney’s Office October 09, 2009
  • Northern District of Mississippi (662) 234-3351

Jim M. Greenlee, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi and Stephen F. Gomez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi, announced the Indictment and arrest of Barry Smith, age 37, a Shelby, Mississippi, Police Officer and probation officer of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, on charges of aiding and abetting the arson of three motor vehicles belonging to two members of the Board of Aldermen in Shelby, Mississippi, on July 29, 2009, in Shelby. (Title 18, U.S.C. Sections 2 and 844(i)). Smith was arrested by Special Agents of the FBI on October 9, 2009, following the Indictment, returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Oxford, Mississippi.

If Smith is found guilty of these charges, he will face possible penalties of a $250,000 fine, imprisonment for not less than five and not more than 20 years, supervised release for not more than three years, and a special assessment of $100.

Smith appeared before a United States Magistrate Judge in Greenville on Friday, October 9, 2009.  Bail was set at $10,000.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Norman.

An Indictment contains only charges and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

CONTACT:

U.S. Attorney’s Office: John Marshall Alexander, Chief of Criminal Division, 662-234-3351
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson Field Division: Deborah Madden, Public Information Officer, 601-948-5000

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