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Former deputy sentenced to 220 months in federal prison

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This sentencing represents the hard work and diligence of honest law enforcement officers and agents who put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect and serve, to ensure that justice was served and restore the public trust.


Edwards faced charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, money laundering, official misconduct, theft and tampering with evidence.


In November 2011, Edwards was indicted by Davidson and Wilson County grand juries. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, at the request of the 15th Judicial District Attorney Generals office, began investigation Edwards in March 2011.


Edwards was arrested on March 24 on one count of theft over $10,000. That investigation also determined that Edwards attempted to kill his wife by poisoning her that same month.


Further investigation revealed Edwards committed multiple crimes over several years, including falsely arresting two suspected drug-dealers and then seizing their vehicles and cash. Edwards also checked out marijuana from a police evidence room and arranged to sell it for personal gain.


He also provided sensitive information to the target of a drug investigation in exchange for $15,000 cash.


The 20th Judicial District Attorney Generals office in Davidson County also requested the TBI investigate Edwards and that investigation determined that he burglarized the residence of his former girlfriend in October 2007.


The Davidson County grand jury indicted Edwards on May 3, 2011 for one count of theft of property over $60,000 and one count of aggravated burglary.


Haynes based his sentence on the fact that Edwards sought to compromise an investigating that was highly confidential, due to the use of federal wiretaps. The investigation obstructed was a major drug investigation that involved Mexican sources bringing in over 200 kilos of cocaine into Tennessee.


Haynes also cited personal safety issues in the case as a major concern because of Edwards attempt to provide the name of a confidential informant and the names of FBI and DEA agents to the targets of the investigation, which included members of a Mexican drug cartel.


Edwards had worked on a federal investigation conducted by the FBI and DEA into a cocaine and marijuana conspiracy during 2010 and 2011.

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