Who will pay for Michael Hooks' kneecaps? - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Who will pay for Michael Hooks' kneecaps?

Outside federal court yesterday, Michael Hooks' Sr. told reporters he was hoping to be assigned to the prison at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama because of the medical facility on the property.

Michael Hooks Sr. was sentenced to 26 months and two years of supervised release.  He will not be expected to pay any fine. 

Hooks had previously entered a guilty plea to charges he took $24,000 in bribe money from informants participating in the Tennessee Waltz sting.

Hooks explained he needs both knees replaced and that because of his high blood pressure, he hasn't had time to get it done.

According to the Bureau of Prisons, knee replacement surgery is a possible option for an inmate.  But since it is elective surgery, they say decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Hooks' attorney Steve Farese told us he is familiar with the prison camp at Maxwell and it is a good facility.

"What makes it good? Where you have some opportunity to get out and about. A number of non violent offenders are allowed to do certain chores. Work on a golf course or work on a garbage truck even leave the facility while working like on the garbage truck," he said.

We've gotten emails from viewers (and users) about Hooks' desire to have his knees replaced while in custody, expressing concern that the public will be paying for it.

So we've attached the video clip and we're opening up this page for your comments!

Let 'em rip!

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