Potter County Sheriff Trial Set For June - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/08

Potter County Sheriff Trial Set For June

Source: Amarillo.com Source: Amarillo.com
Source: Rowlett PD Source: Rowlett PD

The Potter County Sheriff is supposed to enforce the law but in June he will be tried for allegedly breaking the law.

Sheriff Mike Shumate is set to be tried this summer on three felonies alleging he took gifts, trips and cash from a food service company that serves the county jail and its commissary.

NewsChannel 11 first brought you this story in December when we learned that Shumate had allegedly accepted bribes from Robert Wayne Austin, Jr. Austin who is indicted for organized crime and bribery in Potter County attended a Christmas party at the home of Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez.

Austin is the president of Mid-America Services, a company that currently holds the food services contract for the Lubbock County Jail.

NewsChannel 11 learned the company also provided food for the sheriff's party. The sheriff told NewsChannel 11 the food provided by Mid-America Services at his Christmas party was paid for.

The case against the food service company and Austin also will be heard in June.

The Lubbock County Jail is currently under a three year contract with the food services company. At this time there are no plans to break Lubbock County's contract with Mid-America Services.

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