- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MONROE, La. (AP) - Former East Carroll Sheriff Mark Shumate has entered a conditional guilty plea in federal court in Monroe to aiding and abetting a person convicted of a crime to possess a firearm.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1glwUQp) Shumate pleaded guilty before Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes. The plea is assumed conditional until signed by U.S. District Judge Robbie James.

Federal prosecutors say Shumate went hunting with a person he knew to be a convicted felon and that person is barred from possessing a firearm

The maximum penalty for violating the federal law is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.

Shumate was released on his own recognizance until sentencing on July 7.

Shumate, who was elected sheriff of East Carroll Parish in 2000, was defeated by Wydette Williams in 2012.


Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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