The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 2/19/9

Nixon Cawood, the final Georgia executive to be sentenced in the Mississippi Beef Plant scandal, will report to prison March 9 in Montgomery, Ala.

When Cawood stood before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills for sentence a few weeks ago, he apparently didn’t know Mills was only a few days away from hearing two other high-profile defendants ask to be sent to Montgomery.

Is there something going on in Montgomery I need to know about? the chief judge replied with some irritation in his voice.

Mills then proceeded to sentence Cawood to eight months in prison for his part in a scheme that paid thousands of dollars in illegal “gratuities” to the 2003 re-election campaign of then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.

A few weeks ago, Cawood was bound for prison in Atlanta, but this week the Bureau of Prisons “redesignated” him to Montgomery.