By Steve Rogers/The Packet
A former paramedic who sexually fondled a patient in an ambulance will spend five years in prison.
Bryan Lee Englebert, 37, of Tippah County, pleaded guilty in Lowndes County Circuit Court to sexual battery of a vulnerable person. Prosecutor Katie Moulds from state Attorney General Jim Hood’s office pushed for an eight-year sentence and Englebert’s attorneys sought two years.
Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman split the difference, sentencing Englebert to 15 years with 10 years suspended and five years to serve. He also must pay $2,900 in fees and fines. He’ll spend five years on post-release supervision after he gets out of prison.
The incident occurred Feb. 1, 2016, when the woman patient, who was on suicide watch, was being moved from the behavioral health unit at Baptist Hospital in Columbus to Baptist in Oxford. Englebert was an EMT and paramedic working for Baptist in the ambulance service. His license has since been suspended.
A witness saw something they thought was suspicious in the back of the ambulance and videotaped it and then reported it to authorities. Some evidence suggested the woman may have instigated the initial contact.
In an unrelated case, 54-year-old Eugene Martin is sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting into a dwelling. He also was fined $1,200.
Martin admitted shooting up an apartment in the 1300 block of 7th Avenue North where Gene Sherrod lived on Sept. 26, 2013.