Slaughterhouse owner who used illegal immigrants sentenced to 18 months in federal prison The owner of a Bean Station slaughterhouse who admitted paying illegal immigrants in cash for years to avoid federal payroll obligations was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison. James Brantley pleaded guilty last year in U.S. District Court in Greeneville to counts of failing to collect and pay federal employment taxes, wire fraud and hiring unauthorized aliens. Brantley asked U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Greer on Wednesday morning for probation. The judge, however, said he couldn't agree to that because of the seriousness of his crimes. This is good news! I hope we see more of this.