Inmate arraigned in court for allegedly having cell phone behind bars

Christopher Butler

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A man accused of having a cell phone behind jail bars appears in court.

Attorney General Jim Hood said 39-year-old Christopher Butler was arraigned by Judge Jeff Weill, Sr. Tuesday. He was indicted August 3 by a grand jury for one count of possession of a cell phone within a correctional facility.

The indictment alleges that Butler possessed a Tracfone while he was being held at the Jackson Detention Center.

If convicted as a habitual offender, he faces the possible sentence of 15 years in prison and $25,000 in fines and must serve his sentence day-for-day without the possibility of parole.

The AG’s office also confirmed that Butler is the inmate that was named in the affidavit about the charges pending against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.

The affidavit alleged that D.A. Smith unlawfully advised Butler about the charges pending against him, which were embezzlement and wire fraud.

Smith was accused of talking to Butler without his lawyer present. He also allegedly delivered a letter to Butler’s lawyer to advise him on how to attack the state’s case pending against Butler. Authorities also alleged that Smith met with Butler’s family; he was also accused of trying to pressure a judge to dismiss possession of marijuana charges against Butler.


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