Sun. May 19th, 2024

Former Shelby Co. judge back behind bars

By Action News 5 Staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Former Shelby County Judge Melissa Boyd is back behind bars less than a month after accepting a plea deal.

Wednesday morning, Boyd was sentenced to two days in jail after violating her plea agreement. Boyd was indicted on charges of coercion of a witness and harassment in December.

At that time, Boyd admitted to having a drug problem and was ordered into treatment. Prosecutors said Boyd completed her drug treatment program in February, but about two weeks later, they said she tested positive for cocaine and alcohol.

A judge asked that Boyd be re-tested three days later with hopes the amount of drugs in her system would be lower. Instead, prosecutors said the results showed the same “severe” level of cocaine in her system.

As a part of her plea deal,  Boyd was ordered to immediately enroll in a 28-day in-person drug rehabilitation program in Jackson, Tennessee. She was also ordered to enroll in the Shelby County Veterans Court program upon completion and to have no contact with the victim who was present in the courtroom.

Boyd was also required to submit frequent and random drug tests.

It’s unclear at this time which condition she violated.

The former judge’s issues date back to May 2023 when she was reprimanded for soliciting resources and cash donations on Facebook to benefit a school and failing to respond to disciplinary notices.

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