Ex-Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd is Free from House Arrest

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. – Former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd was released from house arrest Tuesday and will begin three years of probation where he must report to a Mississippi Department of Corrections Field Officer.

Byrd had been under house since March when he was sentenced in federal court for one count of obstruction of justice. His indictment said he kicked a handcuffed man in the groin after a chase that ended in Alabama.

That house arrest sentence also ran concurrently with another six month house arrest sentence which was imposed by the state after Byrd pleading guilty to one count of witness tampering. Byrd originally had 31 charges against him, including charges of embezzlement, extortion, and fraud. He was able to get those dropped because of a plea deal.