By REGGIE ROSS
After 20-plus years as sheriff of Tallahatchie County, William Brewer has resigned amid federal charges against him.
According to his attorney, Kevin Horan of Grenada, Brewer resigned from the position Tuesday afternoon in the federal courthouse in Oxford.
“It was in the best interest to let this proceed and move forward without him as sheriff,” Horan said.
In court, U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Percy gave Brewer a $25,000 secure bond and granted him house arrest.
“He’s required to wear an ankle monitor, and there’s movement restrictions throughout the northern district of the state,” Horan said. “Right now we’re moving forward and looking into the matter that supports the charges.”
Brewer, 58, of Oakland, was arrested by FBI agents Friday morning and charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and extortion and bribery under color of official right in violation of the Hobbs Act. Brewer was charged by criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Mississippi.
The criminal complaint states that Brewer is accused of conspiracy to distribute from June 2003 to June 2018, and extortion and bribery from June 2003 to July 2018.
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