District Judge Michael P. Mills told CK Morehead he felt empathy and sympathy for him Thursday, as the former Georgia business executive stood before him to be sentenced.
“However, punishment must be handed down to deter others,” Mills said, and then sentenced Morehead to 10 months in a federal prison.
In August, the 57-year-old Morehead pleaded guilty to withholding material facts from federal investigators looking into the construction and failure of the notorious Mississippi Beef Project, which aimed to establish a cattle processing plant in Yalobusha County.
At least three other people have gone to prison for crimes related to the project.
“I am truly sorry and ashamed for having violated the law,” the Japan-born Morehead told Mills in the U.S. District Courthouse with his attorney, Jeremy Froelich Jr. of Atlanta. “I ask for any leniency this court can show me.”