New information released on investigation of former Monroe County sheriff

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MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – New information has come to light about an investigation into former Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell.

Cantrell abruptly resigned Tuesday.

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You may recall, just before the primary election video was released of an inmate putting together a campaign sign with Cantrell’s name on it.

In a sworn affidavit a state auditor special agent accused Cantrell of acting in his official capacity as sheriff did authorize the use of inmate labor in the jail, which is under his control, to construct political campaign signs.

The findings were given to the county prosecutor.

A spokesman for the auditor’s office said: “Our understanding is the sheriff has resigned as a result.”

WCBI has left a message with Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Candace Cooper Blalock and is awaiting a response.

At this time, it’s unclear whether Cantrell is facing any charges.

If he is charged and convicted, Cantrell could face up to a $1,000 fine, six months in jail, or both punishments.

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