Famed Mississippi judge sentenced for lying to FBI

By Holbrook Mohr
Associated Press Writer

ABERDEEN, MS (AP) - Bobby DeLaughter, a history-making prosecutor who became a judge, has been sentenced to 18 months for federal obstruction in a case that ended his career and brought down some of the most powerful lawyers in Mississippi.

The 55-year-old DeLaughter sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson in Aberdeen. The former Hinds County circuit judge pleaded guilty in July to a federal obstruction of justice charge. He admitted that he lied to an FBI agent during a judicial corruption investigation.

DeLaughter made a name for himself in 1994 when he was an assistant district attorney and helped convict Byron de la Beckwith for the 30-year-old murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The trial was the basis for the 1996 movie "Ghosts of Mississippi."

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