Ex-firefighter sentenced for drug sales

Robert Jason Dempsey, the former Columbus firefighter accused of selling drugs while on the job, was sentenced today to four years and four months in prison.

Dempsey, 35, pleaded guilty before Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston III. Charged with sale of methamphetamine, sale of cocaine, two counts of distributing a controlled substance and three counts of use of a communications facility in committing a crime, Dempsey told the judge that he had made a terrible mistake.

"I lost my job," he said. "I lost everything I've worked for."

Dempsey was arrested at the Jay Street fire station in December 2005 after a confidential informant made three drug transactions with the former firefighter. He made bond shortly after his arrest and has remained out since.

He is scheduled to turn himself in to the Muscogee County Jail at noon Monday.