Mayor pleads guilty to witness tampering, resigns

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi mayor who also worked as a jail warden has pleaded guilty to witness tampering and resigned from office after facing charges that he took a female inmate to a hotel to have sex.

Grady Sims was mayor of Walnut Grove for 30 years before pleading guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

U.S. Attorney John Dowdy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said in a news release that the plea deal required him to resign as mayor immediately and never seek office again.

Sims was warden of Walnut Grove Transition Center and was indicted in October. The indictment said he sexually assaulted the inmate in 2009. Sims also was charged with telling her to lie to investigators in 2010.

Sentencing is April 24. He faces 20 years.