State to drop most charges against rural Missouri sheriff 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – Now that a former southeastern Missouri sheriff is heading to federal prison, most of the state charges against him will be dropped.

Former Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison, followed by four months of home confinement and three years of supervised release.

Hutcheson was originally charged with 28 federal counts but pleaded guilty in November to just two of them, wire fraud and identity theft. Hutcheson resigned after the guilty plea.

Hutcheson was charged in state court in 2017 with assault, robbery and making a false declaration. The Missouri Attorney General’s office says those charges will be dropped and he is expected to plead guilty only to a misdemeanor of notary misconduct.

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