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Webster County Sheriff charged with 12 felonies

The Webster County Sheriff could spend the rest of his life in prison after a recent arrest.

This morning, The MBI and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced that 53-year-old Timothy Mitchell has been arrested on multiple felony charges that could carry a maximum sentence of 152 years in prison if he is found guilty on all charges.

According to a news release, the charges include two counts of Embezzlement; two counts of Trafficking in Stolen Firearms; one count of Attempting Sex and/or Sexual Acts with an Inmate; one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence; three counts of Retaliation Against a Witness; one count of Permitting Possession and/or Sale of Controlled Substance in Jail; and two Counts of Furnishing an Inmate with Weapons, Cell Phone, and Narcotics.

With 12 total felony charges, Mitchell faces a minimum of 9 years and a maximum of 152 years. He could also be forced to pay a fine over $100,000.

The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol (MHP), MHP SWAT, SOG, and Interdiction teams, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Mississippi State Auditor’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the 5th District Attorney’s Office participated in the investigation and resulting arrest.

Mitchell was booked into the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department pending his initial appearance in court.

Sheriff Mitchell was serving his second term as Sheriff at the time of his arrest. 

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