BREAKING: Federal judge sentences former Sheriff Robert Arnold to 50 months in prison.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former Rutherford County Robert Arnold is expected to be sentenced Thursday.
Federal indictments accused Arnold and others of scheming to profit off the sale of electronic cigarettes at the Rutherford County jail
Arnold pleaded guilty to wire fraud, honest services fraud, and extortion earlier this year. Each carries a five- to 20-year sentence, as well as a $250,000 fine and he has been jailed since last fall.
The government argued Arnold should receive the highest sentence since he was the “brains” behind the e-cigs operation. His attorney however argued that Joe Russell, who is also charged in the case, was the ringleader, not Arnold.
The government also called the case a “betrayal of public trust.”
Arnold arrived to the courthouse in handcuffs and shackles and was wearing a neon green jail jumpsuit.
His wife and mother are in attendance. The group, Oust Sheriff Arnold, and Virgil Gammons are also there for the sentencing.
It is still unknown where Arnold will serve his time after being sentenced.
John Vanderveer, who has also pleaded guilty in the case, will be sentenced in early September.