Jackson County Sheriff Candidate Sent to Jail

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A candidate for Jackson County sheriff will be jailed during next week's primary election after testing positive for cocaine while on probation.

District Judge R. Darryl Mazur on Tuesday ordered 36-year-old Lance Laird to serve 57 days behind bars.

Laird is on probation for a domestic violence charge to which he pleaded no contest in March 2011. He tested positive for cocaine when tested on June 16.

The 57-day sentence represents the remainder of Laird's 93-day maximum sentence on the domestic violence charge. Laird already spent 36 days in jail for the original charge and other violations.

During Tuesday's hearing, Laird accused the woman he allegedly assaulted of spiking his "stuff" to bring about the positive test.

MLive.com reports Laird has had a number of other jail stints.

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