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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:02 PM

Former Mississippi sheriff gets 6 years in prison over drug dealer bribes

OXFORD, Miss. A former Mississippi sheriff who admitted to extorting bribes from a drug dealer was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills also ordered former Tallahatchie County Sheriff William Brewer to forfeit $42,000 and serve three years of supervised release.

"William Brewer violated his oath, dishonoring himself, his badge, and every honest lawman who wears a badge," U.S. Attorney William "Chad" Lamar said in a statement. "The citizens of our state and Tallahatchie County deserved better.

Brewer, 58, pleaded guilty in November to one count of extorting a bribe relating to $6,500 in cash he took from the drug dealer in June. The FBI converted the unnamed drug dealer into an informant and recorded the informant telling Brewer of fake plans to rob a methamphetamine dealer. The informant later delivered $3,500 more in FBI-tracked bribes.

Read more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2019/04/19/former-mississippi-sheriff-gets-six-years-prison-over-drug-dealer-bribes/3518372002/

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