Jackson Co. sheriff questions whether former sheriff, a convicted felon, violated probation


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PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt is questioning whether former Sheriff Mike Byrd is violating conditions of his probation by contacting office employees about the upcoming special election.

Britt raised the question in a July 9 letter to Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Copies went to District Attorney Tony Lawrence, Jackson County Board of Supervisors President Troy Ross and board attorney Paula Yancey.

Britt said in the letter phone calls that Byrd has made to sheriff's department employees and local business professionals trying to "persuade" them to support and endorse a candidate in the upcoming sheriff's election.

In addition to Britt, six others have qualified for the Nov. 4 special election for sheriff to serve the remaining year of the Byrd's four-year term. The qualifying deadline is Sept. 5.

The letter did not specify which candidate that Byrd was trying to enlist support.

In March, Byrd was sentenced to 6 months of house arrest after pleading guilty to one state charge of intimidating a witness. The sentence is running concurrently to his penalty to his guilty plea of one federal count of misleading conduct toward another person with intent to prevent communication to a federal law enforcement officer.


Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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