This past May, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold was indicted on 14 federal charges. He later plead not guilty to the charges that could land him in prison for 95 years if convicted.
With a February 2017 trial date set for Sheriff Arnold, WGNS asked Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess if the complications cause friction for the Rutherford County Government (59 sec)...
Multiple Rutherford County Commissioners have personally asked for Sheriff Arnold to step down from his post, but Arnold has shown no signs of quitting.
Again, he will appear in a federal courtroom in Nashville in February of 2017.
Arnold faces up to 95 years in a federal prison if he is convicted:
- Conspiracy - 5 Years
- Wire Fraud - 20 Years
- Honest Services Fraud - 20 Years
- Bribery Concerning Federal Programs - 10 Years
- Violation of the Hobbs Act, Extortion Under Color of Official Right - 20 Years
- Attempt to Tamper with a Witness - 20 Years