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FORMER ATTORNEY: Sheriff urged me to dismiss supervisor’s DUI charge

Former Lee County Prosecuting Attorney James Moore said that Supervisor Billy Joe Holland was being charged for driving under the influence but was requested by Sheriff Jim Johnson to dismiss it.

Posted: May 9, 2019 11:19 PM
Updated: May 10, 2019 9:51 AM

Former Lee County Prosecuting Attorney James Moore said that Supervisor Billy Joe Holland was being charged for driving under the influence, but Sheriff Jim Johnson requested to dismiss it.

Moore said that Holland was pulled over in April 2018 by a Mississippi Highway Patrolman and was charged with a DUI 1.

Holland was then taken to the Lee County Jail and picked up without getting booked according to Moore.

A month later, the case was dismissed in Justice Court.

Moore said that Sheriff Johnson urged him to dismiss it.

"The Sheriff asked me if there was anything I could do to help him out and that was my primary reason," said Moore.

Sheriff Johnson has come forward and said that the dismissal of the case is not due to him.

"And I can tell you what you already know, that my name was not on the dismissal form,” said Johnson.

Johnson did say he was involved with the releasing of him from jail.

"I turned him loose to a responsible party after he was charged,” said Johnson “Assuming he had been booked in and found out late after being asked that he had not been."

Moore said it isn’t out of ordinary for people to have reached out to him in his 15 years as the county's attorney.

"I've been asked by numerous people while I was a prosecutor to help folks over the years,” Moore said. “When I say numerous, it was probably over a hundred."

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