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US prosecutors to appeal ex-Lee deputy's sentence


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Federal prosecutors will ask an appeals court to correct a mistake in the sentencing of a former Lee County deputy convicted of stealing money from people's wallets during traffic stops.

Michael Shane Minich was sentenced June 30 to 12 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to four counts. He is scheduled to report to prison on Aug. 23.

The U.S. Attorney's Office on Monday filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court in Oxford. No details were released in court documents.

Sheriff Jim Johnson tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he was told that Minich's possible prison time was calculated incorrectly in his mandatory pre-sentence report written by the U.S. Probation Service.

Minich was sentenced to four 12-month terms, to be served at the same time. He also was ordered to repay his victims.


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