Jackson County Sheriff Facing Serious Crimes

Jackson County Sheriff Facing Serious Crimes

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Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd faces a staggering number of serious crimes and the list is 31 counts long for the indictment.  Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd walked silently into the Ocean Springs Police department flanked by lawyers, cameras and reporters.  While he's quiet the indictment isn't. 

The 31 counts allege Byrd used his office for personal gain and or retaliation.  One count alleges he ordered a female deputy for sexual favors--and when she refused the deputy was punished.  Another count claims he ordered deputes to run surveillance on a Mexican restaurant that refused to take a personal check from him.

In an indictment from last October he's accused of asking the Ocean Spring's city clerk and deputy police chief to lie about whether or not an alderman can take a city laptop home.  He's also accused of ordering department employees to fundraise a bass tournament and gospel concert while on the clock.  There are ten counts of embezzlement, ten counts of fraud, two counts extortion and one count of perjury.

He faced cameras going in but not coming out--the department let his lawyers drive into the sally port and get Byrd out of there.  It’s treatment that's probably not typical for most suspects.    The sheriff is out on $31,000 bond.  You can read the entire indictment  here. 

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