Chesterfield County, SC (WLTX) - Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker has been sentenced to two years in prison for misconduct in office.
The judge issued the penalty Thursday night about an hour after Parker was convicted by a jury of all eight counts against him. It took the panel four hours to reach their verdict.
If Parker violates his probation, he could have to serve up to five years behind bars.
Parker was accused of pocketing county money and allowing two inmates to stay at the armory instead of the jail. Prosecutors say those inmates had access to internet, alcohol and conjugal visits, all in exchange for helping the sheriff fix things at work and at his home.
He was charged with five counts of misconduct in office, two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates, and one count of embezzlement.
Parker testified that he didn't know these things were going on until the investigation and that he wasn't aware any laws were being broken.
After the verdict, Parker apologized to his family for embarrassing them, and to his fellow law enforcement officers.