TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson is defending his officers after a former inmate posted a picture to Facebook and claimed he was mishandled in jail.
According to Johnson, Johntavious Trice was brought to the Lee County jail by court order to be held for mental evaluation and treatment.
It was during that time in jail that Johnson said Trice attacked deputies inside the jail on two separate occasions. He added that Trice used a makeshift blade (or shank) during the second incident.
Johnson also said Trice refused to eat while inside the jail, which would explain the weight loss.
According to Johnson, Trice has been admitted to a mental hospital.