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Judge: Byrd will not pay damages in harassment lawsuit

Former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd (Photo source: MDOC) Former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd (Photo source: MDOC)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd will not have to pay damages in a lawsuit filed by a female deputy. According to court documents, the judge ruled in Byrd's favor after the trial, saying the former sheriff shouldn't have to pay Kristen Seibert damages.

In September, a jury ordered Byrd to pay Seibert $260,000 for intentional infliction of emotional distress, although it did not find Byrd had sexually harassed her.

The court said the evidence did not support the jury's finding that Byrd intentionally caused her emotional distress.

Byrd resigned in December of 2013 after being indicted on 28 felony counts and two misdemeanor counts. He later pleaded guilty to intimidating a witness and felony witness tampering.

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