Sheriff Mike Byrd pleaded guilty in Mobile today to obstruction of evidence and mistreatment of a suspect in handcuffs. Byrd was in the courtroom early this morning before his 2 p.m. appearance in front of Judge William Steele. He had his attorney Joe Sam Owen by his side. Assistant United States Attorney Greg Bordenkircher says today is a win for America's system of checks and balances. Bordenkircher says, "The people need to see that everyone is treated the same and that abusive power is not to be tolerated in the Southern District of Alabama. That gives us faith in the judicial system which is the bed rock of the United States.” Byrd officially entered his guilty plea in front of Judge William Steele today. Steele accepted. Now, felons are not allowed to hold public office in the State of Mississippi. Attorney Joe Sam Owen says his client will give an updated status about his position as the Sheriff by tomorrow afternoon. Owen says, "I'm going to probably call Greg in the morning and get his input and see what he thinks from a government standpoint, and then I'll meet with Mike in the morning and hopefully by tomorrow afternoon, you guys will know something.” Owen says today's hearing went as expected, but this isn't the end of the road for his client. Mike Byrd is due in court this Thursday for a status conference on his 31 state indictments. Further sentencing for this plea deal is set for March 11th at 9 a.m. in Mobile.