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Former East Carroll Parish Sheriff Sentenced To Three Years Probation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

MONROE, La. – The former sheriff of East Carroll Parish was sentenced to three years of probation for hunting with a convicted felon who was sentenced prior to 2014 and barred from possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.

Former East Carroll Parish Sheriff Mark Wayne Shumate, 52, of Lake Providence, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James for one count aiding and abetting a felon in the possession of a firearm. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, on April 1, 2014, Shumate and the convicted felon went hunting on January 8, 2014.  Shumate had full knowledge that the person accompanying him was barred from possessing and firing a firearm.

The FBI and ATF conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph G. Jarzabek prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015