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Sheriff: Byrd's threats a possible parole violation

Former sheriff Mike Byrd is serving a six month sentence under house arrest after pleading guilty to state charges of intimidating a witness and federal charges of witness tampering. (Photo source: MDOC) Former sheriff Mike Byrd is serving a six month sentence under house arrest after pleading guilty to state charges of intimidating a witness and federal charges of witness tampering. (Photo source: MDOC)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt says former sheriff Mike Byrd has been threatening his employees while under house arrest, and he wants Mississippi prison officials to investigate.

A letter written by Sheriff Britt to Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps surfaced this weekend. Commissioner Epps confirmed to WLOX News he received the letter that was sent Wednesday.

In it, the sheriff claims Mike Byrd contacted one of his officers back in April to get him to endorse a political candidate.

When that officer refused, the sheriff said Byrd got "abusive in his tone and language. In fact, his comments, language and threats verged on criminal misconduct and possibly a parole violation."

Former sheriff Mike Byrd is serving a six month sentence under house arrest after pleading guilty to state charges of intimidating a witness and federal charges of witness tampering.

After the incident in April, Sheriff Britt said he spoke with Byrd's probation officer, who promised to do a site check on Byrd. However, since then, Sheriff Britt said he has learned Byrd has continued to contact and attempt to coerce members of the sheriff's department and the local business community.

Sheriff Britt has asked Commissioner Epps to investigate. The Department of Corrections is looking into the matter.

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