Meridian Star

July 4, 2013

Sentencing delay sought for ex-MHP trooper

The Associated Press
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. — An attorney has asked a federal judge to delay the July 15 sentencing for a former Mississippi state trooper who pleaded guilty to stomping a woman in the Lee County Jail more than five years ago.

Christopher Gary Hughes admitted during his change of plea hearing in February that he deprived the woman of her constitutional rights to protection from unreasonable force and search and seizure.

His sentencing was set for July 15. His attorney says in a court filing that the lawyer has been hospitalized and won't be available for sentencing.

A complaint filed in October in U.S. District Court in north Mississippi alleged that Hughes threw the woman to a concrete floor of the Lee County Detention Center and kicked and stomped her on Oct. 14, 2007.