Judge sets $400,000 bail for sheriff accused of 12 felonies

Timothy Mitchell

EUPORA, Miss. — Bail has been set at $400,000 for a northern Mississippi sheriff arrested on charges he stole guns and drugs, sought sex with inmates and threatened employees if they told anyone about the alleged crimes.

Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell made an initial court appearance Thursday before Circuit Judge Joseph Loper.

Local news outlets report that if Mitchell makes bail, he will be confined on house arrest with an ankle monitor.

The second-term sheriff faces a dozen felony charges. A charging document alleges, among other crimes, that the 52-year old ordered a deputy to remove four guns from evidence and conveyed at least some to an employee and inmate. Mitchell also provided that inmate with illegal drugs and a cellphone, charges say, while ordering the deputy to remove drugs from evidence.

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