AG Josh Hawley Announces Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson Suspended Pending Investigation

May 10, 2017, 12:04 PM
May 10, 2017, 12:03 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson has been suspended from his duties after Judge William Syler granted Hawley’s order requesting that Hutcheson be removed from his position as Sheriff. Judge Syler granted General Hawley’s request Tuesday evening.

General Hawley said, “The judge’s order last night will prevent Cory Hutcheson from interfering in our investigation into Friday’s events and death at the Mississippi County jail. And it will prevent him from any further abuse of his office. We have launched a full investigation that is ongoing.”

“My office has already charged Hutcheson with robbery, assault and illegal surveillance. And on Friday, an inmate at the Mississippi County jail died following an altercation in which Hutcheson participated—despite the fact Hutcheson’s license as sheriff had already been suspended. Upon learning of the death at the jail, I directed my office to open a full investigation, which is now underway. The people of Mississippi County, and Missouri, deserve honest law enforcement officials. My office is committed to conducting a vigorous and impartial investigation to ensure the rule of law is upheld."