Justin Vicory Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Published 1:48 PM EDT Jul 12, 2019
A former deputy sheriff who told his boss, the sheriff of Lee County, that “he has an ass whooping coming” turned himself in to authorities.
Former Lee County Deputy Sheriff Mike Mayhew, 45, of Plantersville, was booked into the Lee County Jail on Wednesday on a charge of threatening a public official.
The arrest follows an indictment by a Lee County grand jury in April which says Mayhew told a witness to tell his boss, Sheriff Jim Johnson, “he has an ass-whooping coming.”
Friday, Johnson declined comment due to his involvement in the case.
Mayhew issued the threat in retaliation for the sheriff opening an investigation into him for falsifying timesheets, according to the attorney general’s office. The AG’s office opened its own investigation into Mayhew after the sheriff reported the alleged infractions to them.
In that case, Mayhew was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of falsifying official records. The AG’s office said Mayhew falsified his timesheets three times during the months of February, March and April in 2017.
Mayhew was released Wednesday on a circuit court bond. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
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