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Former judge sentenced to prison

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - After lying to federal agents and to the grand jury, former Lawrence County Chancery Judge Joe Dale Walker, stood quiet today as his sentence was handed down in federal court.

A former judge turned convicted felon, 61 year old Joe Dale Walker was facing 20 years behind bars and a 250 thousand dollar fine.

He left federal court with only five months time to serve and five months home confinement following his prison term.

The 1977 Mississippi College School of Law graduate received a split sentence at the request of his attorney Bill Kirksey due to Walker's health condition.

Walker pleaded guilty back in October to obstruction of justice.

The former Monticello judge was convicted of instructing a federal grand jury witness to destroy documents then lied to FBI agents.

These actions all centered around a conservatorship of a settlement for a disabled child. The family wanted to buy a home, but the judge said no, instead they should build a home.

Judge Walker who received the bids to build the home, told his nephew, Chad Teater, who is a contractor, that he could raise his bid by 23 thousand dollars and still be the lowest bidder.

So, was monetary gain behind the motivation? The federal judge said Walker did not receive any kickbacks from helping his nephew receive the house bid.

Walker will report to federal prison February 17th at noon. His nephew, Chad Teater was also convicted of obstruction of justice and was sentenced to five months in prison and five months home confinement.

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