WELCH, W. Va. — Former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish has reported to a federal prison in West Virginia to begin serving a 136-month sentence for extortion, accepting bribes and making false statements.
According to the official website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Crish is now in custody at Federal Correctional Institution McDowell Camp in Welch, W.Va.
Crish, federal inmate number 65708-060, surrendered Monday. The website lists his release date as “unknown.”
Prisoners in federal custody can earn up to 54 days per year of “good time” credit for exemplary compliance with institutional disciplinary regulations, according to the BOP website. In Crish’s case, that could shave a maximum of 20 months off his sentence, making him eligible under perfect circumstances for release after serving 9½ years behind bars.
The male-only, medium-security prison in southern West Virginia has 1,210 inmates, according to the BOP website.
Crish, 56, was sentenced Sept. 26 in U.S. federal court in Toledo to 136 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of extortion, two counts of accepting bribes and one count of making a false statement. He was also ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution to the victims in his case.
Crish had told authorities that massive gambling debts were at the root of the federal charges against him.