FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS—A former Hattiesburg policeman has been sentenced on one count of embezzlement by a public official, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Jamie Hooker, 40, of Hattiesburg entered an open plea before Circuit Court Judge Bob Helfrich and was sentenced today. An open plea means the defendant refuses to accept the state’s recommendation, in this case a felony conviction, and instead throws himself on the mercy of the court. Hooker admitted that, while employed as a Captain with the Hattiesburg Police Department, that he took a 40” television from the police department’s property room and gave it to an acquaintance as a gift. The TV had been previously seized during a police raid.
The Judge sentenced Hooker to five years, with all five years suspended and subject to non-adjudication. Hooker must surrender his law enforcement license (an action which is irrevocable), pay a fine of $2,500 and another $250 to the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund.
“This defendant will always have the shame of having lost his right to be considered a member of our law enforcement community,” said Attorney General Hood.
This matter was investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation with assistance from Investigator Crystal Tillman of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander.