NOXUBEE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) — Dr. Kentrell Liddell made history when she was chosen to be the first African American medical chief of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
However in 2009, the Noxubee County native pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Now she says deserves a 2nd chance.
Liddell was stripped of her medical license after her conviction.
She was put on house arrest, asked to repay $94,000 and serve five years probation.
Now she’s lobbying to have Statute 97-11-25 amended so that she can practice medicine again and serve the community.
The statute permanently prohibits any public official convicted of embezzlement from working in the state.[TAKE SOT]
“The campaign really is just to bring to the attention of our lawmakers and to those who care, that this law enacted in 1972, is a very old antiquated law and I do not believe it serves the purposes of our state and its citizens today,” Liddell said.
State Representative Tyrone Ellis says he supports Liddell’s campaign. He’ll propose an amendment to the statute in late September.
Liddell could also have her license restored if Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issues a pardon.