Former AR Judge Gets 5 Years in Prison

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Former Cross County Judge Joe Boeckmann has been sentenced to five years in prison in Federal Court for wire fraud and witness tampering. 

Judge Boeckmann reported to a federal courtroom Wednesday morning in Little Rock for sentencing. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and witness tampering back in Oct. of 2017. 

After serving 60 months in prison, Boeckmann will serve 3 years supervised release and a $50,000 fine.

Officials say Boeckmann has 30 days to turn himself into Federal marshals to begin his sentence.  

Judge Baker also ordered Boeckmann to undergo psychosexual evaluation and mental health treatment while incarcerated.

Special State prosecutor says the State will close their investigation against Boeckmann as they are satisfied with the federal sentence today.

There is still a pending civil suit against Boeckmann in Cross County seeking civil damages from several victims.

Documents filed last week confirm that the FBI investigated Boeckmann for taking nude photos of inmates more than 20 years ago when he worked as a deputy prosecutor, but didn’t pursue charges after he agreed to resign. Boeckmann later became a district judge and continued that behavior.

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Attorneys in Boeckmann sentencing hearing argued whether prior 1990s FBI investigation allegations against then Deputy Prosecutor Boeckmann for similar misconduct should be considered by Judge in sentence today. Judge Christine Baker ruled that she will consider past investigations into Boeckmann by FBI.

Victim Richard Millinan shared his victim impact statement from 2014 calling Boeckmann a “monster” who put him through “sheer terror.” Millinan says he was betrayed by the justice system.

Boeckmann gave statement to the court saying he apologized to the court, people of cross county and his family. Boeckmann says he made a “serious mistake of judgment in this situation” -he “tried to convince himself he wasn’t doing anything wrong” and inappropriately “mixed his professional position and his personal way of life.”

Judge Baker denied Boeckmann attorney’s request for home confinement as the sentence. Saying Boeckmann suffered a stroke at some point and is ill but Judge says Boeckmann medical conditions are not out of norm for his age 72. 

Prosecutors had asked Judge Baker to sentence Boeckmann to 37 months in prison. 

Judge Baker said she was inclined to increase the time to 51-63 months given the severity of Boeckmann’s conduct committed over the course of several years.

In the courtroom Judge Baker said Boeckmann was “the system” and he knew what he was doing – it was a “professional abuse of power.”

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