Jail food theft conspirator asks to delay sentencing

Jail food theft conspirator asks to delay sentencing

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A former Forrest County employee who pleaded guilty to conspiracy wants a judge to delay his sentencing date.

Jerry Woodland was scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

His attorneys are asking the date be pushed back until next month.

Woodland pleaded guilty in December 2014 to one count of conspiracy to commit theft.

His lawyer cited the ongoing tax evasion trial for Woodland's former boss Chief Deputy Charles Bolton as the reason for the delay.

The Assistant United States Attorney did not object to the delay. If granted, this would be at least the fourth delay since his plea.

Woodland was the second person to plead guilty in connection to ordering food items through the jail for personal use.

Allen Haralson, the former kitchen supervisor at the jail, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Authorities say both men knew about or played a part in stealing food from the Forrest County jail.

Haralson died before being sentenced.