FORMER SHERIFF SENTENCED Ex-Cop Gets 18 Months In Jail
Reported by: Bob Aaron
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Reported: May. 21, 2012 11:28 AM EDT
Updated: May. 21, 2012 5:10 PM EDT
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, Mason County
, West Virginia
Former Mason County Sheriff David Anthony will spend 18 months in jail for embezzlement and other charges.
Mason County Circuit Court Judge David Nibert sentenced the 42-year-old Anthony on Monday.
Anthony pleaded no contest in March to fraudulent schemes and embezzlement. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of brandishing and firing a weapon near a dwelling.
Sentencing originally was scheduled in late April. The judge postponed the proceeding because Anthony hadn't written a letter of apology to county residents and to elected officials who he implied were also illegally using their county credit cards.
Anthony apologized in court to the office holders, but County Commissioner Rick Handley said none of them had seen the letter or gotten any direct apology before today's hearing.
The ex-sheriff's aunt, Joyce Wray, said Anthony was a good sheriff and that she was upset he did not get probation.
Anthony withdrew his bid for a second term in the May Democratic primary as part of the plea agreement. He also agreed not to run for future political office and surrendered his law enforcement certification.
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