Salts pleads guilty to embezzlement counts

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Former Prentiss County funeral home operator Michael Salts was back in court this week to plead guilty to old embezzlement charges.
Tuesday, Salts withdrew his not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to two charges stemming from a years-old case that bounced back to Lee County via state and federal appeals courts.
Salts, 62, served jail time while the case was being appealed. In 2010, a federal judge overturned his and his then-wife’s convictions.
Later the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision.
The state still had time to reprosecute him but not the wife because she had completed her sentence.
Last July, he was freed from prison on bond pending a new indictment.
Tuesday, Judge Thomas Gardner III sentenced him on one felony embezzlement charge to four years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with credit for time served, then for the balance to be suspended on condition of good behavior.
The sentence for the second charge of misdemeanor embezzlement was one year in custody of the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department to run at the same time as the other sentence. He also will get credit for time served and the balance suspended.
The Lee County jail docket on Thursday showed Salts was still in jail after his arrest Monday.
Disposition of the case is listed as “open.”

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