The Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation announced today that the Sheriff of Webster County, Mississippi, has been arrested on multiple felony charges.
Timothy Seth Mitchell, 53, a resident of Eupora, MS, was charged with two (2) Counts of Embezzlement; two (2) Counts of Trafficking in Stolen Firearms; one (1) Count of Attempting Sex and/or Sexual Acts with an Inmate; one (1) Count of Tampering with Physical Evidence; three (3) Counts of Retaliation Against a Witness; one (1) Count of Permitting Possession and/or Sale of Controlled Substance in Jail; and two (2) Counts of Furnishing an Inmate with Weapons, Cell Phone, and Narcotics. Sheriff Mitchell was serving his second term as Sheriff at the time of his arrest.
If convicted, Mitchell faces a minimum of nine (9) years and a maximum of one hundred and fifty-two (152) years, along with fines up to $ 102,000.00, for the twelve (12) felony counts. Mitchell was remanded to the custody of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department pending his initial appearance.
The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol (MHP), MHP SWAT, SOG, and Interdiction teams, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Mississippi State Auditor’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the 5th District Attorney’s Office participated in the investigation and resulting arrest.
Agents from Office of the State Auditor Assist with Arrest of Webster County Sheriff
Investigators from the State Auditor’s office participated in a joint operation that led to the arrest of the Sheriff of Webster County. State Auditor Shad White issued the following quote:
“Today’s events show the important law enforcement work that can be done when multiple agencies, with a variety of different types of expertise, work together. I’m thankful for the team of agents from the auditor’s office who worked on this case with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. My goal is to continue to forge partnerships around law enforcement and government so we can hold lawbreakers accountable. This situation in Webster County involved serious allegations of embezzlement, and the hard work of all the involved agencies ensured we minimized any risk from today’s actions. We will continue to work with MBI and prosecutors to help move this case to completion.”
Shad White was appointed the 42nd State Auditor of Mississippi by Governor Phil Bryant. Before becoming Auditor, White served as Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, a conservative public interest law institute. White has also practiced law in the private sector, served as a special prosecutor, and taught as an adjunct professor. The son of an oilfield pumper and school teacher, White grew up in rural Jones County and went on to earn degrees from Ole Miss, the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Law School. Today he and his wife Rina live in Rankin County and attend St. Richard Church.