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Monroe County sheriff talks about video of inmate putting together campaign signs

Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell denied encouraging an inmate to put together his campaign signs — an act that was caught on camera and posted on Facebook.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 7:53 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2019 7:53 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell denied encouraging an inmate to put together his campaign signs — an act that was caught on camera and posted on Facebook.

"It's nothing but dirty, rotten politics," said Cantrell.  "It's sad that people have to stoop to a level like this to tarnish someone's name."

Facebook post showing a video of a Monroe County inmate putting together campaign signs for Sheriff Cecil Cantrell

The sheriff said the inmate seen in the video was housed at the Monroe County Work Center. However, the inmate is no longer in custody.

Cantrell added the inmate told the Mississippi Department of Corrections he put the campaign signs together on his own while he was bored.

According to Cantrell, someone recorded the video in March or April and posted it to social media in time for the August 6 primary election.

The incumbent is running in the Democratic primary.

 

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