Former sheriff of Chesterfield County, Sam Parker, will spend two years in prison after being convicted on eight public corruption charges Thursday.
Thursday night, a jury found Parker guilty of five counts of misconduct in office, two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates, and one count of embezzlement. (More details)
State prosecutors said Parker gave away weapons and uniforms to friends. Parker also allowed convicted Department of Corrections inmates to sleep and live outside Chesterfield jail without supervision, as well as being allowed to attend special events, in exchange for performing work on Parker’s house, personal property and within the sheriff’s office. One of the privileged inmates turned on Parker and reported this behavior.
Gov. Nikki Haley removed Parker from office shortly after his March 2013 arraignment. He served as sheriff for about 10 years.
The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office also indicted former county jail director Ritchie Rollings and Harold Hainey of the county’s Emergency Management Department. Both were charged with misconduct in office. They have not been tried yet.