Prosecutor cited for DUI may step down

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Following a Friday citation for driving under the influence,Franklin County Prosecutor Hollis McGehee said Monday he isprepared to step down from his position if requested by thecounty’s board of supervisors.

In a written apology issued Monday, McGehee admitted to being inthe wrong and gave no excuse for his action. He was charged withdriving under the influence after being stopped by MississippiHighway Patrol Trooper Greg Cupit on U.S. Highway 98 Friday.

“I deserved the ticket he gave me,” McGehee said. “There is noexcuse for my conduct. I was just plain wrong.”

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McGehee’s future as county prosecutor now rests in the hands ofthe Franklin County Board of Supervisors.

“I will immediately plead guilty to the charge and if the Boardof Supervisors wish, I will resign as county prosecutor,” McGeheesaid.

Franklin County officials were unavailable for comment regardingMcGehee’s status with the county.

McGehee’s apology was addressed to his family, the people ofFranklin County and Southwest Mississippi.

“I apologize to my family, my church family, the people ofFranklin County, and the traveling public for my conduct,” he said.”I deeply regret the embarrassment I have brought upon my wonderfulfamily, and I regret my violation of the people’s trust.

“I also apologize to the people all over Southwest Mississippiwho have been so good to me. I regret my actions and any harmcaused by them,” he concluded.