GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Former Corinth policeman Jamie Brewer was sentenced Monday to 46 months in prison for stealing money during fake traffic stops.
Brewer, 24, of Corinth, pleaded guilty to four counts of a nine-count federal indictment handed down Oct. 20 of last year.
Brewer was charged with "willfully depriving persons" of their constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure. The crimes were compounded because Brewer acted "under the color of the laws of Mississippi" as a police officer.
The incidents were alleged to have occurred on Sept. 17 and 18 at traffic stops.
U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper sentenced Brewer during a 45-minute hearing in Greenville.
Brewer faced up to one year in prison and $100,000 fine on each count.
Pepper ordered him to pay $2,257 in restitution to his victims. The government told the court Brewer already has paid $1,000.
He was scheduled to go on trial last Dec. 13 but changed his plea to guilty Dec. 3.
Pepper agreed to allow Brewer to turn himself in at his designated prison facility by 2 p.m. Oct. 14.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will decide where Brewer will serve his time.
After he pleaded guilty to the four counts, the government asked Pepper to dismiss the other five.
Brewer will remain free on bond until his report date.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service