Former policeman sentenced
by Chance Wright
Sep 13, 2012 | 1499 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former Rosedale Police Officer was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to serve 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and one count of assaulting and resisting Cleveland Police Officer Darius Jenkins.

Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson sentenced Griffin to serve 18 months for each count but for those months to run concurrently.

He also ordered Griffin to serve three years on post release supervision, pay $773 in restitution to Cleveland and pay a $200 special assessment fee to the court.

Griffin was arrested on Oct. 27, 2011, in Cleveland and charged with two counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute, along with assaulting and resisting Jenkins, who was assisting United States Marshals at the time of the arrest.

While the team was searching a particular location on Aloe Street, another subject, later identified as Griffin, took off running.

As he was making a break for it, Cleveland Police Chief Charles “Buster” Bingham said the suspect began to throw down what was later to be found as narcotics.

Griffin also faced one count of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute; however, the U.S. Attorney's office agreed to not pursue those charges as part of the plea deal.

For the assault charge, Griffin was facing up to eight years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. For the possession of marijuana with intent charge, Griffin faced up to five years in prison and not more than a $750,000 fine.

Davidson also signed an Order of Voluntary Surrender.

This order provides Griffin with a period of time to get his affairs in order before beginning to serve his sentence.

Under this order, Griffin is to surrender himself to U.S. District Court Clerk for the Northern District of Mississippi in Aberdeen on Oct. 15.