Meridian Star

February 26, 2013

EX-MHP trooper admits beating, faces prison time


Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. —  

Ex-state trooper Christopher Gary Hughes has pleaded guilty to stomping a woman in the Lee County Jail more than five years ago

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 41-year-old Hughes admitted Monday he deprived her of her constitutional rights to protection from unreasonable force and search and seizure.

His plea agreement likely freed him from federal prosecution of two cases the Daily Journal reported are alleged in a civil lawsuit filed against Hughes last week.

His plea agreement sets a sentence of 33-41 months in prison, but Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers will decide that later.

Until his indictment last fall, the Tupelo man was a highly decorated trooper for the Mississippi Highway Patrol and consistently recognized for a high number of DUI arrests.