Charges against former Lawrence Co. sheriff, captain could be expunged

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Charges against former Lawrence County Sheriff Jimmy Brown could be permanently removed from his record if he does not commit any other criminal acts, officials say.

Brown was in court Friday morning on charges including use of inmates for personal gain and destruction of evidence.

Court records show Brown was given a three-year diversion on the charges, meaning if he does not commit any other crimes in the next three years, he can ask for the charges to be expunged from his record.

Brown and his former Captain Adam Brewer will have their charges of facilitation of official misconduct removed from their record if they do not face any other charges in the next 11 months and 29 days.

The two were charged as part of a TBI investigation that revealed, from 2015 through 2017, Brown allowed inmates to be used by various county employees at their personal residence and for personal business.

He also reportedly used his position as sheriff to release some inmates from jail without paying their court-ordered bond.

The TBI stated Brewer falsified time sheets and misled investigators as to the accuracy of the reported hours worked at the department.

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