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Former Chesterfield Co sheriff found guilty on corruption charges

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

Former Chesterfield County sheriff Sam Parker was found guilty on corruption charges Thursday.

Parker was found guilty on five counts of misconduct in office, two counts of giving contraband to inmates and one count of embezzlement and was sentenced to 2 years in prison, with the possibility of parole.

Both the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments Thursday morning. The jury then deliberated for about three hours before returning with the verdict.

As the judge prepared to hand down Parker's sentencing, the former sheriff became emotional, apologizing to the people of Chesterfield County, family and friends.

Officials say Parker gave special treatment to inmates, took property intended for the sheriff's office and used it for himself, and gave uniforms, badges and weapons to civilians.

Parker let two inmates sleep and live in outside the jail in exchange for doing work on his property.

While in the armory, where the inmates were allowed to sleep, they had access to the Internet, phones and had unlimited, unsupervised visitors, all with the former sheriff's knowledge.

Prosecutors also said Parker gave inmates at the jail special treatment that included alcohol and unsupervised visits with women. They were allowed to go shopping and dine out in restaurants.

In exchange, the inmates allegedly performed work on the then-sheriff's house and personal property.

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