A former Booneville police officer indicted earlier this year on federal deprivation of civil rights charges has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts and one felony count of giving false information.
Former officer Dustin Rambo entered his plea of guilty Thursday in US District Court to four misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights of unreasonable search and seizure and deprivation of property without due process of law. He also pleaded guilty to one count of making materially false statements to an FBI agent.
The four misdemeanor counts state Rambo stole cash from the wallets of suspects. Each of those counts carries a penalty of up to one year in prison, a $100,000 fine and one year supervised release. The felony count states Rambo knowingly made false statements to an FBI agent investigating the crimes committed in the four misdemeanor counts. That charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.
Rambo is scheduled to be sentenced on January 19, 2022, at 1 p.m. in US District Court in Greenville.
Under the plea agreement, federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss a fifth count of deprivation of civil rights in which it was alleged Rambo violently forced an individual to perform a sex act after pulling her into his police vehicle and driving to a remote location.
The former officer was arrested March 12 and indicted on May 7. His employment was terminated on February 2 by the Booneville Board of Aldermen on the recommendation of Police Chief Michael Ramey who said at the time the termination was due to “conduct unbecoming a police officer”.