Former auxiliary deputy convicted of grand larceny

Published 2:43 pm Thursday, November 6, 2008

A former Jones County auxiliary deputy will serve four years in state prison following his conviction on two counts of grand larceny.

Robert Brett Dreading was sentenced Monday by Jones County Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum to 10 years in prison, but the judge suspended six years of the sentence. As part of the sentence, Dreading will serve three years of post-release supervision.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Dreading in November 2007 in the theft of money from Hispanics. Former Sheriff Larry Dykes began the investigation about six months before Dreading’s arrest and later turned the probe over to the MBI.

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Authorities say Dreading was pulling over Hispanic motorists and in some cases arresting them and stealing their money.