Jailer admits accessing info to help husband

Pamela Beard

Pamela Beard

MEMPHIS, Tenn- A Shelby County Deputy Jailer pleaded guilty to accessing a county database to provide information to her husband, whom police say was dealing drugs.

Pamela Beard, a/k/a “Princess,” 43, said her husband, John L. Thomas III, wanted to know if his partner was in custody.

Beard used a database to look up the information about Andre Wrister.

Prosecutors say, “Thomas and Adams were actively involved in the possession and distribution of as much as 500 grams of heroin into the Memphis area on a bi-weekly basis.”

“The actions of Ms. Beard are indefensible by any standard and will not be tolerated by this office,” said Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham. “I believe the public will look at this case as an example of one misguided individual and will in no way assume that her behavior is indicative of the responsible, hard-working professionals who make up the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.”

Beard is scheduled to be sentenced in August and could receive up to three years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

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