A former Louisiana judge entered a federal prison camp yesterday, where he will live in a barracks and work for 12 to 40 cents per hour, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. One of about 800 male prisoners at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Ronald Bodenheimer will have relatively free movement within the camp and will be allowed to watch television or movies, play tennis and basketball or exercise on a stationary bike. Bodenheimer, 51, is one of eight people who have pleaded guilty in the FBI’s Operation Wrinkled Robe investigation of Jefferson Parish Courthouse corruption. He drew the longest sentence: 46 months.
“It’s a great day in Louisiana history. We have another corrupt judge who is in prison now,” said Eric Boe, on whom Bodenheimer conspired to plant illegal drugs. Bodenheimer was a judge in Gretna, La., from 1999 through 2002, earning $100,743 per year. He admitted to trying to frame Boe, a critic of his eastern New Orleans marina. He also pleaded guilty to conspiring to fix a child custody case in court in hopes of getting a contract to supply seafood to restaurants, and to manipulating bail bonds in favor of a bondsman.