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A former Georgia sheriff’s deputy, convicted for using a stun gun on a restrained detainee who later died alone in his cell, was sentenced on Friday to one month in jail and three years’ probation.
His conviction for cruelty of an inmate carried jail time of up to three years. But significantly shorter jail time was not the only way Chatham County superior court judge James Bass issued a more lenient sentence: he also allowed the former deputy to serve his time on the weekends.
While experts say weekend-only jail sentences are not unheard of, they are not common, either. In fact, some say they would like to see those sentences used more often – for defendants who aren’t members of law enforcement.
Another ex-deputy, Maxine Evans, received six years’ probation for providing false grand jury testimony, along with a $1,000 fine and 350 hours’ community service. A jail nurse, Gregory Brown, was found guilty of making false statements to investigators and received three years’ probation.
Heaton said he hasn’t seen “great” statistics on intermittent sentencing in the US, and that it is more common outside the US. It has, for example, been used in cases related to financial fraud and sexual abuse by Catholic priests
originally posted by: Bluntone22
I know a convicted child molester that got two years probation and 5 years suspended sentence.
Cop aren't the only ones that get off easy.
Roth, who is an expert in criminal law, said the weekend sentence is typically used for defendants who hold down a job that a judge finds “socially valuable” or when the individual is the “breadwinner for the family”.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: amicktd
That's how it is here. Non-violent and first timers run a good chance of weekender status. No idea how a violent offender can possibly qualify for it.