Potter County Sheriff Mike Shumate has been found guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity for accepting bribes from the jail's food vendor. The verdict came down late Thursday night. It's a first-degree felony.
Because he was found guilty of a first-degree felony, the judge removed Shumate from his sheriff position effective immediately.
Roger Haney, the Potter Count Jail Captain, is appointed to the position. That will be made official once the Potter County Commissioners Court meets.
There was no emotion from Shumate during the reading of the verdict or his removal from office. The 12-woman jury deliberated for about seven hours.
The punishment phase will start Tuesday. He could face five to 99 years or life in prison. He also could get probation.
Shumate was found not guilty of an election charge and a campaign contribution charge.
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