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Former Gadsden County Sheriff's Captain Sentenced to Prison for Civil Rights Violation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida

TALLAHASSEE – James Corder, 54, a former captain with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark E. Walker to 30 months in federal prison for violating the civil rights of an arrestee, obstructing justice, and making false statements in a federal investigation.  The sentence was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Corder was convicted on January 29, 2015, at the close of a four-day jury trial.  Evidence presented at trial established that Corder stole $1,785 in cash from an arrestee, William Easterwood, and then lied in a sworn statement to FBI and FDLE agents investigating the theft.

“Law enforcement officers and other public servants are rightly held to a high standard of integrity, and I am proud of the many law enforcement officers who faithfully protect the Northern District of Florida,” said U.S. Attorney Marsh.  “No one is above the law, and those who abuse our community’s trust should expect consequences.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.  It was prosecuted by Criminal Chief Karen Rhew-Miller.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit

Updated April 10, 2015