FORMER sheriff being sought in disappearance of items from evidence room

Thursday, August 9th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) _ Sequoyah County officials are looking for a former sheriff who allegedly pawned some guns stolen from the Haskell County Sheriff's office.

An arrest warrant has been issued for ex-Haskell County Sheriff Jimmy E. Terrell, 52. Prosecutors have charged Terrell with two counts of false declaration of ownership to a pawnbroker

Terrell, who resigned as Haskell County Sheriff in June 2000, is accused of pawning a Glock Model 22 .375-caliber rifle in December 1999. He stated that he had owned the gun for a year and a half.

Terrell also is accused of pawning a Browning High-Power 9mm pistol in January 2000, stating he had owned the gun for three years, records show. Both guns were taken to a Sallisaw pawn shop, court records state.

On Friday, a Haskell County deputy served a search warrant at the pawn shop and recovered a Marlin Model 375 lever-action rifle which was allegedly stolen from the sheriff's department evidence room, according to a Sallisaw police report. That gun was also pawned by Terrell, the report states.

Terrell was elected as sheriff in 1996 and began duties in January 1997.

Present Haskell County Sheriff Manuel Ballard said items missing from the evidence room include computers, digital cameras and weapons.