According to information on file at the Clay County Courthouse, Michael Allen Sorrels, 28, Brazil, along with public defender Geoffrey Creason, entered into a negotiated plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office Jan. 24.
Sorrels was charged with two separate cases.
On July 6, 2010, Sorrels was charged with D felony charges of obstruction of justice, official misconduct, theft and two class A misdemeanor charges of false informing and deception for his alleged involvement in the unauthorized release of 16 dogs from the shelter May 11, 2010.
Waiving his constitutional rights before Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout, Sorrels agreed to plead guilty to the first three charges, while the state will drop the misdemeanor charges in the matter.
On Aug. 20, 2010, Sorrels was also charged with a class D theft charge in a separate investigation into allegations of this involvement into the misappropriation of $300 in payroll funds, missing items at the shelter and accepting payment on at least one occasion to falsify paperwork for an unidentified person serving court-ordered community service through Clay Community Corrections at the shelter.
Sorrels agreed to plead guilty to the charge.
After finding that Sorrels' voluntary guilty plea was factually based, Trout took the matter under advisement and scheduled a hearing for Feb. 28, on the matter where he will determine to accept or reject the terms of the agreement. If the agreement is accepted, Trout will hold the sentencing hearing at the same time.
Sorrels remains out on bond while awaiting further court proceedings in the two cases.