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Former jailer's sentencing delayed
Jul 02, 2004 12:00 am
The wait grows longer for former jailer John McKinney as he faces another sentencing delay on a federal charge stemming from an ongoing investigation into the Wilson County Jail.
McKinney must appear in federal court in October to learn his sentence for misprision of a felony, a charge relating to his apparent failure to report an incident of alleged brutality within the jail while he was on duty.
McKinney could face up to three years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
The former deputy was originally scheduled for sentencing Friday, but a sealed motion to delay the sentencing hearing was filed last week by McKinney's attorney, Travis Hawkins of Nashville.
Hawkins has in the past confirmed McKinney's cooperation with federal investigators, saying his client has "been involved, and we've been talking with the U.S. Attorney's office about the case," in April shortly after the federal information against McKinney was brought.
The investigation began with the January 2003 head injury death of Walter S. Kuntz, an inmate who lapsed into a coma while jailed in Wilson County, and never regained consciousness.
Three other former jailers have entered guilty pleas as a result of the ongoing Department of Justice probe of alleged civil rights violations at the jail.
Staff Writer Corinne Galeano can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 15, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.