Former Sheriff Released From Federal Prison

A former eastern Carolina sheriff was released from federal prison Wednesday.

Former Carteret county Sheriff Ralph Thomas pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to commit an offense against the United States. Federal prosecutors say Thomas would keep a portion of money given to the Sheriffs Office from the county commissioners for himself, before using the remainder of the money for undercover drug buys.

Four other former deputies were indicted in the scheme.

A Bureau of Prison spokeswoman told WITN News that Thomas was released this morning from the federal prison in McCreary, Kentucky.

McCreary is a high security facility, with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp, located approximately 88 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee,

Thomas now faces three years of probation.


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  • by Catherine on Dec 12, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    Has anyone in Carteret County heard a public apology by the former Sheriff of over 20 years? You know Sheriff Ralph Thomas was doing his corrupt activity long before the years he was actually charged. I would just like to hear a public apoloy and have it run over & over on the local and state news channels. Why doesn't our media demand it!?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    Just one year in prison? Really?
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      by PL on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:53 PM in reply to
      I know, that was WAY too long !
  • by getting off much too lightly Location: corrupt world on Dec 7, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Police corruption is particularly disgusting. Wish the sentences were required by law to be doubled for law enforcment employees that are caught engaging in such activities as this.
  • by Larry Location: Newport on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    They are all crooks. I do not trust any of them. They tried to get my nephew to be an undercover buyer so they could keep getting these small Bust to keep them looking good. Thank God for justist!
    • reply
      by Steven on Dec 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM in reply to Larry
      Justice, not Justist.
  • by Disgusted Location: ENC on Dec 7, 2011 at 08:03 AM
    WOW! A slap on the wrist! Law enforcement crooks get away with murder!
    • reply
      by W on Dec 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM in reply to Disgusted
      You are definitely right!
  • by @What on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    Learn to spell and form a proper sentence. More than likely, it's for the better to not have others like you out.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:57 AM in reply to @What
      sarcasm...geez.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    Why such a light sentence. All these officers knew what they were doing and now the ringleader is getting out. Does justice not apply to these law enforcement members?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    Man, I sure bet he learned his lesson!
  • by crooked cops are plentiful on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    Just another common criminal.
  • by What? on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    Four of my homies still in feds, why they dont let brothas out?? Kurupt!!
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