Rhodes pled guilty to making a false entry in a record and document with the intent to impede, obstruct or influence the investigation by the DOJ, for which he faced an advisory Guidelines range of imprisonment of between 27 and 33 months. He was sentenced to three years probation. Why?
The offenses of obstruction of justice and false statement were serious. Defendant participated in the cover-up of improper treatment of an inmate. As a corrections officer, he held a position of public trust. He should have prevented or reported the incident he witnessed. Defendant has a good work record and an excellent record in the United States Army. He has served with the army in Iraq, and is presently scheduled to be re-deployed to Iraq.