Caudell Jones died in his sleep Saturday at a minimum-security federal prison in El Paso, Texas, his lawyer, Mike Puglise, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Prosecutors said Jones solicited and accepted more than $10,000 in cash payments from former MetLife Financial Services investment adviser Byron Rainner, who sought and was awarded substantial investment business from the Fulton County Sheriffs Office. Jones was the departments chief deputy at the time.
Among other payments, Jones received a FedEx package containing cash from Rainner at Jones home in January 2004, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Rainner was sentenced in 2006 to 2 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of fraud-related charges stemming from his business dealings with the county. The scandal embroiled three-term former Sheriff Jackie Barrett, though she has never been charged with any wrongdoing.
Jones death stunned his family and attorney.
Ive talked to the officials in El Paso, and theyve ruled out foul play, Puglise said. His family is in shock and disbelief, as I am. Caudell was not only my client but my friend. He was a family man and he loved his family dearly.