The federal courthouse in Jackson Credit: U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services

For the second time in four months, a Mississippi county sheriff has been arrested on felony charges.

Webster County Sheriff Timothy Seth Mitchell, 53, is facing a dozen felony charges — including embezzlement and evidence tampering — after his Wednesday arrest, according to an Associated Press story reported in the Sun Herald.

According to the Associated Press article, Mitchell is charged with:

• Two counts each of embezzlement, trafficking in stolen firearms and furnishing an inmate with weapons, a cellphone and narcotics.

•  One count each of attempting sex with an inmate, tampering with evidence and permitting possession or sale of a controlled substance in jail; and three counts of retaliation against a witness.

Read the complete Associated Press article as published by the Sun Herald here.

Mitchell’s arrest comes four months after former Tallahatchie County Sheriff William Brewer, 58, was arrested in August on federal narcotics trafficking and extortion charges.

Brewer was charged with:

• Conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance

•  Extortion

• Bribery under color of official right in violation of the Hobbs Act

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