NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee sheriff convicted in an electronic cigarette scheme has been ordered to serve the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house.
News outlets report former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold was sentenced to 50 months in federal prison in May 2017. Arnold, his uncle, and a former sheriff’s administrator were convicted of charges related to illegally profiting off the sale of e-cigarettes to inmates at the jail through Arnold’s business, JailCigs.
Arnold asked for a pardon from President Donald Trump last year, saying he was a political prisoner who never took tax dollars in operating JailCigs.
He has spent most of his sentence at a minimum-security federal prison camp on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Records show his sentence is set to end in April.