Mississippi – Willie Nash, 39, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for having a cellphone while in the Newton County Jail (on misdemeanor charges). The kicker is, he didn’t get caught with the phone (like most smarter criminals)… he asked the guard to “charge” his cellphone up for him. The guard took the cellphone and gave it to the sheriff deputy.
Initially, Nash denied it belonged to him, but eventually he gave the deputy the access code to get inside the phone. Come to find out, he was texting his wife to let her know he was in jail. Mississippi law does not allow for inmates to have cellphones while in custody. The offense carries a prison term of 3-15 years.
The judge gave him 12 years and told him that he should be grateful because with his lengthy record of burglaries, he should have easily got the maximum sentence of 15 years.
Nash did not appeal the sentence, but he did challenge it because he said it was grossly disproportionate to the crime & violates the 8th amendment which forbids cruel and unusual punishments.
My thing is… how did he even get the cellphone into the prison in the 1st place?? Either one, he was not searched thoroughly when being booked into the prison, or two, a prison guard gave it to him. How do you guys feel about the charges.