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Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd Facing Criminal Charges

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd has been indicted on 31 criminal charges. All but two are felonies. He turned himself at the Oceans Springs police station Friday. His indictment shows counts of embezzlement, fraud, perjury, second degree hindering prosecution, tampering with a witness, attempting to subornation of a perjury, intimidating an office in the discharge of his duties and extortion.

The sheriff had been under fire after several child pornography cases were published but found no merit in court. There was also a narcotics task force incident in 2012 where one officer shot another in the office which caused partnered cities to pull out.

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