Fallout From Sheriff Byrd Scandal Continues

Fallout From Sheriff Byrd Scandal Continues

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Lt. Kenneth McClenic has been fired from the Jackson County Sheriff’s office.  The indictment against him says he told two completely different versions of events concerning former Sheriff Mike Byrd.  The document says in July of this year McClenic told a grand jury that Sheriff Byrd pressured him to sign an affidavit against a man McClenic didn’t think was guilty so the sheriff wouldn’t have any open murder cases during his reelection.

Officials say McClenic then changed his story during trial in September and said he was never pressured by Byrd to sign an affidavit.  McClenic was fired immediately.  A news release says he could face 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 in fines if convicted.  McClenic had been a deputy since 1985.  You can read the news release and indictment here.

McClenic’s former boss Mike Byrd resigned as part of a plea deal with the state in December.  Byrd faces house arrest upon sentencing. 

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