Newton County sheriff indicted on threats
Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon was indicted recently after being accused of making terroristic threats against a Newton County judge and commissioners. A grand jury returned the indictment and an arrest warrant was issued.
Shannon, who is a 1984 graduate of Little Cypress Mauriceville High School, and former Pinehurst police officer, won the election as sheriff two years ago.
It was reported to the district attorney’s office in May that Shannon was frustrated at a commissioner’s court meeting. The person who made the complaint claimed that the sheriff went back to his office and said Shannon threatened to shoot the judge and commissioners. The Newton County district attorney’s office called in Texas Rangers to investigate the complaint.
The case has an outside prosecutor due to the fact that the Newton County DA recused herself.
The punishment for a third degree felony conviction is two to 10 years in state prison, along with a maximum fine of $10,000.