Former Sheriff Sentenced in Federal Court

Former Sheriff Sentenced in Federal Court

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MOBILE, Alabama - Former Jackson County, Miss., Sheriff Mike Byrd has been sentenced to six months of home confinement, followed by six months of probation in federal court in Mobile, Ala.

Last December, Byrd pleaded guilty to misleading conduct toward another person with intent to prevent communication to a federal law enforcement officer.

The move was part of a federal plea deal stemming from the June 19, 2012, arrest of John Mark Stahl.

Byrd faced a maximum 20 years. U.S. District Judge William H. Steele adopted the sentence recommendation from federal prosecutors on Tuesday.

Byrd admitted to kicking Stahl while he was restrained and to subsequently misleading an officer about the incident, court records said.

Byrd also admits to having a deputy erase dashboard camera video of the arrest.

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