Former Webster County sheriff and investigator to serve time in prison

Updated Article - A judge sentenced the former sheriff of Webster County, Tim Mitchell, and his former investigator, Landon Griffin, on Tuesday.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 11:20 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2019 12:37 PM

ACKERMAN, Miss. (WTVA) - A judge has sentenced former Webster County sheriff Tim Mitchell to serve 15 years in prison.

The former sheriff was arrested in December on multiple felony charges, including embezzlement, trafficking stolen firearms and attempting to have sex with an inmate.

Tim Mitchell

Landon Griffin

In early June, Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement by a public officer and two counts of trafficking in stolen firearms.

He is accused of taking four handguns for his own use and trafficking those guns.

“Mr. Mitchell is ready to get on with the next phase of his life,” said Austin Vollar, Mitchell’s attorney.

Mitchell's former investigator Landon Griffin also appeared in court Tuesday for his sentencing. 

Griffin was arrested in January, and he pleaded guilty in mid-June to embezzlement and transfer of stolen firearms.

While he was a member of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Griffin took a handgun for his own use and later traded it, according to District Attorney Doug Evans.

The judge sentenced Griffin to serve 10 years in prison.

Both men will begin serving their time in Rankin County. 

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