Not guilty. That's the plea entered Tuesday by Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and two others on a 14 count federal indictment. NewsChannel 5 reports the pleas were entered by attorney's for Arnold, Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Joe Russell and Arnold's uncle John Vanderveer.
A hearing was supposed to take place in a federal courtroom in Nashville on Tuesday, but that was postponed. A trial date will be set within the next three months.
Arnold, Russell and Vanderveer last month were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of honest services fraud; mail fraud; wire fraud; bribery concerning federal programs; extortion under color of official right; obstruction of justice; and conspiracy. If convicted, the charges could carry a sentence of 95-years in prison.
SOURCE: NewsChannel 5