Byrd Still Faces Several Civil Lawsuits

Reported by: Mark Armstrong
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Updated: 3/11 7:16 pm
Mike Byrd's legal battles won't end with Thursday's sentencing. The former four-term Sheriff still faces civil lawsuits, including one filed by John Mark Stahl, the man Byrd kicked in the groin after Stahl was arrested for stealing a Jackson County patrol car back in 2012. It doesn't end there. As News 25 reported back in December, several civil lawsuits, totaling millions of dollars, have been filed against both Byrd and Jackson County, alleging crimes from false imprisonment to physical abuse. News 25 caught up with John Mark Stahl's attorney, Michael Crosby, Tuesday. It was the former Sheriff's abuse of Crosby's client that led to today's federal charge. Crosby says, "I would like to think that with the evidence we have that we would be able to reach an acceptable agreement on the case, and that's ongoing right now so I really can't comment a lot more on that right now." Crosby believes the civil lawsuits against Byrd and Jackson County could be in court for years.



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