UPDATE: Ex-Lee County deputy gets prison time on traffic-stop robberies

ABERDEEN – Former Lee County Deputy Michael Shane Minich will report to prison in August to serve a 12-month sentence.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock told him she gave him the maximum time on his four misdemeanor guilty pleas. “I think it’s more than warranted,” she said.

Minich was arrested several months ago and accused of violating the rights of six individuals from unreasonable search and seizures.

Aycock ordered him to pay $2,810 restitution to them.

He admitted he made traffic stops on Mexican motorists and stole their cash after he asked for their wallets “under cover of law” allegedly to determine their identifications.

Today, he expressed remorse for his actions and asked for the forgiveness of his family, friends and Lee County Sheriff’s Office. About a dozen people were seated in the courtroom audience as a show of support for him.

Lee Sheriff Jim Johnson also attended the hearing.

Where Minich will serve his prison time will be determined by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. His attorney, Jason Herring of Tupelo, did not request any specific facility.

Read more in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

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