The former sheriff's deputy at the center of an investigation into corruption at the Hamilton County Jail was sentenced Monday to five and a half years in federal prison.
Lonnie R. Hood, 38, pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including distributing steroids, extortion, money laundering, perjury and income tax fraud.
Federal sentencing guidelines would have put Hood in prison for eight to 10 years, but his cooperation with investigators earned him a lighter sentence.
U.S. Judge R. Allan Edgar told Hood he would recommend substance abuse treatment for Hood in prison.
Hood will also be required to do 150 hours of community service and will be on supervised probation for several years after his release.
Hood, who was named in a 28-count indictment last year, has been on house arrest since January.
He was taken into custody Monday morning after the sentencing.
The jail investigation has led to 16 indictments and nine guilty pleas -- three of them by former sheriff's deputies.
Hood's sentencing is the eighth to come out of the investigation, and it is the stiffest sentence so far.
All of the men who have been sentenced have received lower-than-guidelines sentences for helping investigators:
* Harvey K. Murray got two years and four months in prison for laundering proceeds from steroid sales. Murray has several prior felony convictions.
* Former deputy Jeffrey Mahon, 28, got 13 months in prison for conspiring to distribute steroids to inmates, extort money from inmates and launder money.
* Jon Phillips got 10 months for his pivotal part in the extortion of jail inmates to make money for corrupt jailers.
* James Hood, Lonnie Hood's brother, and James Fugate were each sentenced to eight months in prison for conspiring to tamper with witnesses and obstruction of justice.
* Richard Bennett was sentenced to three months in prison for his involvement in the steroid distribution scheme.
* Anthony Nelson was sentenced to two months in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice.