Hattiesburg cop sentenced for giving away dept. TV

Jamie Hooker

From The Mississippi Link Newswire

JACKSON – A former Hattiesburg policeman has been sentenced on one count of embezzlement by a public official for giving away a TV confiscated as evidence in the police department.

Jamie Hooker, 40, of Hattiesburg, entered an open plea before Circuit Court Judge Bob Helfrich, and admitted that while employed as a captain with the Hattiesburg Police Department, he took a 40-inch 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 Jim Hood.

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