PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Two days after Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd is expected to plead guilty Dec. 10 in federal court in Alabama to one felony count, he'll be in a Mississippi court for status conference on 31 state counts.
In federal court papers Mobile, Byrd signed a document admitting he tried to persuade Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Goff to cover up Byrd's kicking of a handcuffed suspect in the groin after a car chase in June 2012. Byrd is scheduled to enter a plea to the charge.
Federal prosecutors are recommending a sentence of six months' house arrest and six months' probation.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1dUaRoO ) the state hearing on Dec. 12 is before Judge William Coleman in Pascagoula. At the hearing, any status update is expected to be discussed and motions will be heard.
In Mississippi, the indictment charges Byrd with 29 felonies and two misdemeanors. He is scheduled for trial March 10. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The indictment charges Byrd with fraud, extortion, embezzlement, witness tampering and perjury.
The indictment alleges Byrd pushed an arrest in a murder case, even though a detective thought the suspect was innocent, and snooped on employees at a restaurant that refused to accept a check from him. It also accuses Byrd of using his office to retaliate against people he considered political and personal foes, including an area police chief and an alderman.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com