WASHINGTON, D.C. (WALB) - A judge sentenced a former Lowndes County Sheriff's deputy for his role in a conspiracy to steal money from Hispanic drivers.
Jason Stacks, 29 was sentenced to serve 21 months in prison and two years supervised release.
Two civilians, Gloria Gallego and Miguel Angel Reyes, were sentenced to 24 months and 30 months in prison, respectively, as well as three years supervised release.
On May 6, 2014, Stacks pleaded guilty to a civil rights conspiracy charge, admitting that he participated in a plan with Gallego and Reyes to subject Hispanic drivers to unlawful traffic stops so that his co-conspirators could then demand that the motorists pay money in order to avoid arrest and/or deportation.
On Mar. 26, 2015, Gallego and Reyes pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Court documents showed that Stacks, while acting as a sheriff's deputy, illegally detained at least four motorists in 2013.
Along with Gallego and Reyes convinced them to hand over $300 in exchange for avoiding arrest. All three later divided the money between them.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Risa Berkower of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, with the assistance of the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.