MUSKOGEE, OK -- The former McIntosh County Sheriff and Undersheriff were sentenced to just over two years in federal prison in court in Muskogee Tuesday morning.
Terry Jones, 36, and Mykol Brookshire, 38, were both sentenced for conspiracy under color of law to interfere with interstate commerce.
"Both defendants were sentenced to 27 months imprisonment, followed by 24 months of supervised release," said U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling. "The court imposed the maximum permissible federal prison term, consistent with advisory federal sentencing guidelines. These sentences will not be subject to parole."
According to court records on May 21, 2009, Jones and Brookshire confiscated money from a detained motorist.
Sperling said the vehicle was driven by an agent acting in an undercover capacity.
"The officer who effected the stop contacted defendant Jones who directed defendant Brookshire to go to the scene. A search of the vehicle revealed six bundles of currency. Brookshire took one of the bundles to his patrol car, then placed the other five on the dash of his car. Defendant Jones then informed the undercover agent that he would be jailed if he failed to complete a release of currency form. Defendant Jones then contacted the office of the Drug Enforcement Administration and advised that they had seized five bundles of currency. Defendant Jones then presented the undercover agent the release of currency form and again informed him that if he didn't sign the form, he would go to jail. The undercover agent signed the form and was then released. The defendants stole a portion of the confiscated cash," said U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling.
A search of the undersheriff's home turned up $2,600 in cash in an air duct to a stove exhaust fan and $2,400 in cash was retrieved from the sheriff's home.
"By virtue of their jobs in the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office, the defendants were in positions to execute traffic stops and search for contraband such as weapons, narcotics, or money that was derived from illegal activity," said Sheldon Sperling.
Both defendants were ordered to report to the Bureau of Prisons by December 1, 2009.