PASCAGOULA, Mississippi (AP) — A former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy accused of selling sheriff’s department equipment to a pawn shop has waived his arraignment on a felony charge of embezzlement in the case.
The Sun Herald reports that move means Alexander Herman Kieper Jr. automatically pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the embezzlement charge.
Kieper is tentatively set to go to trial May 18 in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Kieper, who served 18 years until his resignation in 2011, is accused of selling for cash two gun scopes, two gun lenses, two tripod stands for the weapons and a pair of binoculars, all valued at $10,000.
Kieper is out of jail on bond pending trial. According to court records, he now works for a car dealership.