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Former Federal Corrections Officer Sentenced for Bribery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi


Jackson, Miss. - Julius Pearson, 27, a former federal corrections officer from Madison County, Mississippi, was sentenced on August 31, 2017, by Senior U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour, to 12 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for bribery, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain, FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze, and U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Robert A. Bourbon. Pearson previously pled guilty to the charge.

Beginning in approximately August 2016, Julius Pearson began smuggling tobacco into the Federal Prison in Yazoo County where he was employed as a corrections officer. Pearson was paid approximately ten thousand dollars by inmates and others for delivering the tobacco to inmates inside the facility.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Deputy Criminal Chief Patrick Lemon.

Updated September 6, 2017