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Webster County supervisors must appoint new sheriff following arrest

Guns, drugs and alleged sex with inmates, part of a slew of felony charges Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell is now facing.

Posted: Dec 20, 2018 12:17 AM
Updated: Dec 20, 2018 9:21 AM

EUPORA, Miss. (WTVA) - Guns, drugs and alleged sex with inmates, part of a slew of felony charges Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell is now facing.

What's more, employees claim he threatened them to not say anything about it all, according to authorities.

Tim Mitchell | Photo: MHP

Mitchell was arrested at his home Wednesday morning around 7 a.m.

His charges include:

Seeking out sex with two females inmates last spring, ordering a deputy to remove four guns from evidence, and selling or giving at least some to an employee and an inmate.

“Each one of those charges has some time to serve with it," said Master Sgt. Criss Turnipseed with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

However, how long had this alleged corruption been going on?

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation dates reported wrongdoing dating back to November 2017.

Then-Chief Deputy Jeffrey Mann says he resigned at the end of October, writing to the board of supervisors that, “After witnessing the illegal activities Sheriff Tim Mitchell has taken part (in), I cannot be part of this organization.”

District Attorney Doug Evans says charges will be presented to a grand jury. The next one is set for January.

“If somebody else can come in and do better," said Eupora resident Salina Woodard. "That’s what it needs to be.”

Mitchell will see a judge Thursday at 3 p.m. for an initial appearance.

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