The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 7/22/8

Sean Carothers will be set free early from federal prison to help the government prosecute others accused in the Mississippi beef plant scandal.

Carothers, who owned a construction company, is expected to be called as a government witness to explain how he contends a Georgia company and others devised and carried out a scheme to defraud the plant’s owners, financiers, subcontractors and material suppliers.

Monday, his release was ordered by U.S. District Senior Judge Neal Biggers Jr., who reduced Carothers’ sentence from 21 months to 12 months and one day, with the rest to be served on house arrest.

Carothers has been in a Pensacola, Fla., federal facility since Dec. 3, nearly 11 months after his guilty plea relating to a scheme to defraud Community Bank of Mississippi, which issued $55 million in state-backed bonds to build the Yalobusha County plant.