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Former sheriff's deputy accused of threatening Lee County sheriff

A former sheriff’s deputy surrendered himself to law enforcement after he was indicted for allegedly threatening to harm Lee County’s sheriff.

Posted: Jul 12, 2019 11:02 AM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 5:35 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A former sheriff’s deputy surrendered himself to law enforcement after he was indicted for allegedly threatening to harm Lee County’s sheriff.

Mike Mayhew, 45, of Plantersville, surrendered himself to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday. He was booked into the jail and released on bond.

Michael Mayhew in 2018 | Photo: Lee County Sheriff's Department

According to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Mayhew is accused of telling a witness to tell Sheriff Jim Johnson “he has an ass-whipping coming.”

He made the statement on or about March 31, according to the indictment.

The state office believes the threat was in retaliation of Mayhew's 2018 arrest.

In April 2018, Mayhew was arrested and charged with three counts of submitting fraudulent statements. He was arrested for allegedly falsifying his work timesheets three times during the months of February, March and April in 2017.

At the time of the April 2018 arrest, the sheriff said Mayhew had not worked for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department since early 2017.

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